With no oxen, the feeding trough is clean,
but abundant revenue comes by the strength of an ox. Bible

“the feeding trough is clean.” The Hebrew text of this verse is an encouragement to think about how to get ahead in life even if it means more responsibility. A few translations go with the Septuagint reading, that where there are no oxen, the “stall” is clean, meaning that if you don’t have an ox then you don’t have to clean up after it; but there is no real reason to reject the Hebrew text and go with the Greek translation.

Commentary for: Proverbs 14:4