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A yoke is a general symbol of onerous toil or subservience to another. When Jesus used the word, however, he pointed out the joyous benefit of serving Him that far outweighs any hardship suffered in humble self-sacrifice. A yoke may also be a symbol of any other human allegiance, especially of marriage.

Exod. 6:6 "Therefore, say to the Israelites: 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.' " (NIV)

Matt. 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (NIV)

2Cor. 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (NIV)