An implement used to control oxen. Acquaintance with ox goads in daily life (1Sam 13:21
) gave rise to figurative speech, where the teachings of the wise were said to stimulate thought in others (Eccl 12:11
), although these words of wisdom prodded thoughtful persons. Refusing to acknowledge the obvious or to act on one’s insight constituted kicking against the goads (Acts 26:14
). At least one judge, Shamgar, is reputed to have used an ox goad as a weapon (Judg 3:31
21The charge was two-thirds of a shekel for the plowshares and for the mattocks, and one-third of a shekel for sharpening the axes and for setting the goads.
11The sayings of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings that are given by one shepherd.
14When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick again ... View more
31After him came Shamgar son of Anath, who killed six hundred of the Philistines with an oxgoad. He too delivered Israel.