New Testament

Matthew 11:20-30

20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities in which he had done many of his miracles because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you! 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be thrown down to Hades! For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. 24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you!”

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke on you and learn from me because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”


Pirkei Avot 3:5

R. Nechunia ben Hakanah says: If one accepts upon himself the yoke of Torah, there is removed from him the yoke of sovereignty [the burden of the king and his officers] and the yoke of derech eretz [the toil and tribulation of earning a livelihood (for his work is blessed)]. And if one divests himself of the yoke of Torah [i.e., if he says: "The yoke of Torah is too burdensome for me and I cannot bear it,"] there is placed upon him the yoke of sovereignty and the yoke of [toil and tribulation] derech eretz.