Although used literally (Exod. 23: 5, NRSV) for a heavy load (REB) it is also found in a metaphorical sense for something hard to bear (e.g. royal responsibilities, Hos. 8: 10). Jesus does not inflict a heavy burden (Matt. 11: 28–30). The word is used by AV (e.g. Isa. 13: 1) for a prophetic oracle.