"Pricks" and
"Goads" Research


"And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  And he said, Who art
thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou
persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."  (Acts
(:4,5)

"And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe
not on me;  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye
see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is
judged.  (John 16:7-11)

             Oxford Dictionary Definition of prick
/prik/
noun
1.an act of piercing something with a fine, sharp point"the pin prick
had produced a drop of blood"
2.a penis
verb
1.make a small hole in (something) with a sharp point; pierce slightly"
prick the potatoes with a fork"pierce, puncture, make/put a hole in,
stab, perforate, ... more
2.(especially of a horse or dog) make (the ears) stand erect when on
the alert"the dog's tail was wagging and her ears were pricked"raise,
erect
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 (Acts 9:1-5)

"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against
the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired
of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found
any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring
them bound unto Jerusalem.
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly
there shined round about him a light from heaven:  And he fell to
the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why
persecutest thou me?  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the
Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee
to kick against the pricks."  (Acts 9:1-5)

                            (John 16:7-11)

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go
away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you;
but if  I depart, I will send him unto you.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe
not on me;  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye
see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is
judged.  (John 16:7-11)

                                  Prick and Pricks

noun: prick, plural noun: pricks
1.an act of piercing something with a fine, sharp point"the pin prick
had produced a drop of blood"
▪a small hole or mark made by piercing something with a fine, sharp
point
▪a sharp pain caused by being pierced with a fine pointjab, sting,
pinprick, prickle, stab
▪a sudden feeling of distress, anxiety, or some other unpleasant
emotion"she felt a prick of resentment"pang, twinge, stab
▪a goad for oxen
2.a penis
▪a man regarded as stupid, unpleasant, or contemptible

verb: prick, 3rd person present: pricks, gerund or present participle:
pricking, past tense:pricked, past participle: pricked
1.make a small hole in (something) with a sharp point; pierce slightly"
prick the potatoes with a fork"pierce, puncture, make/put a hole in,
stab, perforate, ... more
▪feel a sensation as though a sharp point were sticking into one"she
felt her scalp prick and her palms were damp"
▪(of tears) cause the sensation of imminent weeping in (a person's
eyes)"tears of disappointment were pricking her eyelids"
▪(of a person's eyes) experience the sensation of imminent weeping
▪cause mental or emotional discomfort to"her conscience pricked her
as she told the lie"trouble, worry, distress, perturb, disturb, ... more
▪arouse or provoke to action"the police were pricked into action"goad,
prod, incite, provoke, urge, ... more
2.(especially of a horse or dog) make (the ears) stand erect when on
the alert"the dog's tail was wagging and her ears were pricked"raise,
erect

Word OriginOld English pricca (noun), prician (verb), probably of
West Germanic origin and related to Low German and Dutch prik
(noun), prikken (verb).
Derivatives   1.pricker n.  2.pricking n.
Scrabble Points: 13

                            
      Reprove
reproves; reproved; reproving
Learner's definition of REPROVE
[+ object] formal
: to criticize or correct (someone) usually in a gentle way
The teacher reproved the student for being late.
— reproving
adjective [more reproving; most reproving]
a long reproving speech
He gave me a reproving look.
— reprovingly
adverb
She looked at me reprovingly.

                                   Acts 26:9-20

I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things
contrary to the name of Jesus of  Nazareth.  Which thing I also
did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison,
having received authority from the chief priests; and when they
were put to death, I gave my voice against them.  And I punished
them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme;
and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them
even unto strange cities.
Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and
commission from the chief priests, At midday, O king, I saw in
the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun,
shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.  And
when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking
unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why
persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the
pricks.
And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom
thou persecutest.  But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have
appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and
a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of
those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee
from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send
thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive
forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are
sanctified by faith that is in me.
Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the
heavenly vision:  But showed first unto them of Damascus, and
at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then
to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do
works meet for repentance.

                                (Numbers 33:55)

"But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before
you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of
them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and
shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell."  (Numbers 33:55)

                             PRICK in the Bible
prik:
As a noun (= any slender pointed thing, a thorn, a sting) it translates
two words:
(1) sekh, a "thorn" or "prickle." Only in Numbers 33:55, "those that ye
let remain of them be as pricks in your eyes," i.e. "shall be a source
of painful trouble to you."
(2) kentron "an iron goad" for urging on oxen and other beasts of
burden:
"It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" (the King James Version
of Acts 9:5, where the Revised Version (British and American) omits
the whole phrase, following the best manuscripts, including Codices
Sinaiticus, A, B, C, E; the King James Version of Acts 26:14, where
the Revised Version (British and American) has "goad," margin
"Greek: `goads' "), i.e. to offer vain and perilous resistance. See
GOAD. As a verb (= "to pierce with something sharply pointed," "to
sting"), it occurs once in its literal sense: "a pricking brier" (Ezekiel 28:
24); and twice in a figurative sense: "I was pricked in my heart"
(Psalms 73:21); "They were pricked in their heart" (Acts 2:37,
katanusso, Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) compungo;
compare English word "compunction").

         Acts 26:14   New International Version (NIV)

"We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in
Aramaic {or Hebrew}, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is
hard for you to kick against the goads.’"

According to the biblical passage Judges3:31, Shamgar son of Anath
killed six hundred Philistines with an ox goad.

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goad

Goad
A pointed stick.
The words of the wise are as GOADS, and as nails fastened by the
masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. (
Ecclesiastes 12:11 )

                 A Short History of Goads in the Bible.

1.  Judges 3:31
And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the
Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also
delivered Israel.
"

 2.  I Samuel 13:20,21
"But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen
every man his share, and his coulter, and his ax, and his
mattock. Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the
coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the
goads."

 3.  Ecclesiates 12:11
"The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by
the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd."

                         Goads by Wayne Blank

The English word goad is derived from an old Anglo-Saxon word for a
pointed pole that was used to prod cattle from one place to another, or
by farmers to guide their oxen while plowing or doing other heavy
work. Goad is used to translate two original Hebrew words of the Holy
Scriptures, pronounced mawl-mawd and dor-bawn, which mean the
same thing - an ox goad, or something pointed.
"Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the
forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads"
Although goads were known and used as a farmer's tool to prod oxen,
in both cases in which "goad" appears in the Holy Bible, in a literal
sense, they are used as weapons of war. The first, from the time of
The Judges:
"And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the
Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered
Israel." (Judges 3:31 KJV)
In the of Saul, when Israel was at war with the Philistines, the
Israelites had to resort to the use of farm tools for weapons to defend
themselves - goads, mattocks (pick axes), coulters (the sharp steel
wedge section of a plow that cuts through the soil), axes and forks
(pitch forks).
"And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present
with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped
in Michmash. And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines
in three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadeth to
Ophrah, unto the land of Shual: And another company turned the way
to Bethhoron: and another company turned to the way of the border
that looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness."
"Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the
Philistines said, Lest theHebrews make them swords or spears: But all
the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his
share, and his coulter, and his ax, and his mattock. Yet they had a file
for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the
axes, and to sharpen the goads."
"So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword
nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul
and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there
found." (1 Samuel 13:16-22 KJV)
Goads were also used figuratively for how "the words of the wise"
cannot be resisted. Jesus Christ later described the same principle
(see the Fact Finder question below).
"The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was
written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as
goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are
given from one shepherd." (Ecclesiastes 12:10-11 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) Just as Solomon spoke of how "the words of the wise
are as goads," did Jesus Christ later use the same terminology when
He said "For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your
adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist"? (b) Where does
one get the wisdom that both Solomon and Jesus Christ described in
those verses?
(a) Luke 21:15
(b) See True Wisdom and Worldly Wisdom
{from http://www.keyway.ca/htm2006/20060110.html}

   Pindar and from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pindar

Creatures for a day! What is a man?
What is he not? A dream of a shadow
Is our mortal being. But when there comes to men
A gleam of splendour given of heaven,
Then rests on them a light of glory
And blessed are their days. (Pythian 8)

            
BOTTOM LINE OF RESEARCH

Universal 3 Pricks of the Holy Spirit

What every person on the face of this earth hears about in a still
small persistent voice of God is the 3 words:  SIN,
RIGHTEOUSNESS, and JUDGEMENT!  Yes, you have heard it!  
What God the Holy Spirit does for every human being on the face
of this earth that is seldom appreiated and spoken of:  He prods
all in the world, Muslim or Christian, believer or unbeliever, Hindu
or atheists and agnostic about sin, righteousness, and
judgment.  You can count on whatever much or little each boy or
girl and youth that grows up in any diverse cultures knows is
about sin, and about righteousness, and about judgment.

"And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe
not on me;  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye
see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is
judged.  (John 16:7-11)

These words from Jesus of Nazareth Himself are so simple that
they almost need no explanation of what the Spirit of God goads
at each human heart and conscience:  (1) of sin because they
kick against the pricks to believe not in Jesus Christ as the Son
of God and Saviour of the whole world {unbelief is not easy, it is
hard on the human concience and heart, and often
circumstances to hang on in obstance and unbelief};  (2) of the
righteousness taught and shown by Jesus on earth that the Holy
Spirit took up at the Ascension of Jesus back to God the Father;
and (3) of the judgment of God because all souls and Satan
Himself will in the final analysis experience the true and righteous
judment of the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Muslim
and atheist, you can count on this very basic spiritual wisdom
and truth.  If you know nothing else about religion and from God,
you will hear the still small voice of God speak to you of Sin, of
Righteousness, and of Judgement.


"And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  And he said, Who art
thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou
persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."  (Acts
(:4,5)