FIRST-TRUMP#top..........Sound the alarm in Zion.. ..........................


. A Priest sounds the alarm on a shofar




11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Eccl 12:)

Not long ago I was planning on having a small ranch. I had set my fenceposts, built the major part of the barn, and was in the process of looking for the animals I was going to stock my ranch with. When I said I was going to have a small ranch, I meant a very small ranch. It was to be on one acre situated within the city limits of a small town, and it was going to consist of a few miniature goats, some ducks, some rabbits (if there is such a thing as a few rabbits) and a worm farm.

On the surface this would seem to be a reasonable venture. Not necessarily a profitable endeavor, but it had its merits, if it was handled correctly.

I am not one to jump into anything without much research and consideration. However, while I am able to see potential problems with what I have set my mind to do, I also have the ability to minimize and nullify those things that go contrary to my intent.

In other words: I am human.

It tears at my heart to see a dead possum or crow on the highway. A deer or a squirrel can bring me to tears. There would be no way I could ever butcher any of the animals I was about to raise; and to sell them for such a purpose I would not have been able to do.

Considering my attitude, what would have been the probable outcome of my little venture? Can you see any possibility of success?

I was saved from making any decision in this area by circumstances. Like so many other times in my life, I run headlong and blindly toward a deep ravine, and somebody builds a bridge whereby I may cross safely.

We city folk tend to think of a shepherd as a kindly soul playing a flute as he walks patiently and lovingly behind his gentle, obedient sheep. We picture David, young and tender, watching over his flock; or we think of Jesus carrying a small, lost lamb on His shoulders. This is the kind of "shepherd" I planned to be. A lovely thought, to be sure, but a very unrealistic one.

Has anyone ever heard of lambchops? How about mutton? Wool the sheep surrender without too much resistance or complaint. But "chops," I'm afraid, do not come so freely or painlessly.

Animals, from the time of Adam and Eve have been provided by God for our consumption and benefit. Although we can and do make pets of them, this is not the true purpose of the animal world.

Sheep, like many other animals, are producers. Jesus used sheep in many of His parables; and those who have chosen to follow Him He has compared to sheep. Wheat ("corn"), is another of God's creation Jesus used as an illustration as to how the Christian is to be.

When Jesus spoke of sheep, it was always in a gentle and loving way. We don't think of Jesus allowing anything to happen to sheep. Quite the contrary in fact. We see Him leaving the ninety and nine to chase after the one lost lamb.

But let's take a little closer look at sheep and how they are portrayed in the Bible. Consider the Old Testament. Do a little research on sheep and see how they were used by the Israelites as directed by God. Were the sheep cared for? Certainly they were. And sheep were a very valuable commodity, both to God, and to the Jews in general.

The shepherd took very good care of his sheep. He, as it appears in Scripture, was expected to risk his own life for those in his charge. Isn't it wonderful? This caring shepherd watching over his flock for no other purpose than to provide them with lush grass to eat, and a warm, safe place to bed down under the stars at night.

Such a lovely picture.

Three times a year the Jews were to gather in Jerusalem to celebrate their freedom, to remember what they had been freed from, and to do sacrifice to their Lord who had freed them and given them their land.

What a joyous occasion it must have been for those sheep that were being so lovingly cared for all those months.

On Feast days, thousands upon thousands of those gentle, well-cared-for sheep were slaughtered in sacrifice to God. Would God really want such a thing? Would He actually call for the blood of those gentle, innocent creatures He was providing for?

God did not request that these perfect sheep be unmercifully slaughtered: He demanded that they be slaughtered. Not just any sheep, but only the perfect and young sheep were acceptable for sacrifice.

Did God actually want these innocent lambs to be destroyed? No, God was not concerned with the animals: He was concerned with what the animals represented, and what they replaced.

Anyone who has read the Bible or listened to a sermon knows that these innocent creatures were a foreshadowing of the sacrifice God's only begotten Son would make for all those who elect to follow Him. But what many people don't know is that the lamb being sacrificed represented and took the place of the one who offered the sacrifice!

God told Adam that on the day he sinned, he would die. We know this curse did not only apply to Adam, but to all his progeny. That, ladies and gentlemen, means you and me. We have all sinned, every one of us from Adam to Eternity have sinned.

Except one. This One was the perfect lamb that could have escaped being sacrificed: but chose to be the sacrifice for you and me. He took our place on the alter of sacrifice. He died in our place, just as the innocent lamb died in place of the one who sacrificed it in the temple.

We must die. Because we have sinned, we must die.

According to the law of Moses there were certain sins that were not to be forgiven. That is, there was no opportunity to come to the Feasts and offer up a sacrifice for the sin committed because the death penalty was carried out swiftly and immediately. We have been given examples of some of these sins. Surely such unforgivable sins must be awfully bad to require the immediate death God calls for in His law.

Taking the life of another person is a dastardly act. Maybe it was murder that God did not allow to go unpunished. No, it wasn't murder. God provided Cities of Refuge for murders until they could stand trial.

Then perhaps it is stealing that is so terrible in God's eyes. No, God told the Jews that if they stole they were to repay the one they stole from four times what they had stolen.

Amazingly enough, the sin that was unforgivable in the days of Moses (and forever afterwards) was something that is not only commonplace today, but accepted and expected by society, and to some degree even by the churches.

We know sexual immorality was to be punished by death. In fact adultery is one of the sins the Pharisees used to try and trap Jesus, knowing that Jesus would never be able to accept that terrible sin as He had so many others presented to Him. Today this, as well as all other sexual sin is looked upon as normal and acceptable, and in many cases ( becoming ever more so) illegal to be spoken or preached against.

But sexual immorality is not the sin that required instant death as exemplified in the Books of Moses. No, nor, as shown above, is it murder or stealing.

What, then, is this dreadful act that causes God to be so strict and to require the death penalty without repentance?

Here are the Scriptures so you can read them for yourself:

32And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. 33And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. 34And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. 35And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. 36And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses. (Num15:)

18If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 19Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 20And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. (Deut 21:)

God is strict with His rules. Sassing your parents will get you killed. Picking up sticks can get you killed. In fact the Pharisees condemned Jesus because His disciples rubbed some wheat in the palms of their hands, and because He healed people on the day no one was to even pick up sticks. And consider this: Adam and Eve's death sentence came because they ate a piece of fruit.

Today society says that nothing is a sin, and even most of the churches support this view. In fact, in many cases, some of the most blatant and celebrated sins are committed in the church by those who should be preaching against such sins. Is this a new thing? Read 1st Corinthians 5:1-8.

Sassing and disobeying your parents? Why, there would be no need of a purging Tribulation if such a sin as that was punished today. There would be no one left alive for the Tribulation to fall upon.

Shepherds and cattle prods. I'll bet you thought I had forgotten what this study is about. No, I hadn't forgotten: but to build an adequate structure, one must first lay a firm foundation.

There are many ways to view God the Father. Ask ten people how they see God, and there is a very good chance you will receive twelve different pictures.

For thousands of years God had been depicted as an angry Creator sitting on a cloud doing nothing more than trying to catch one of His creation missing a step so He could strike that person down with a lightening bolt. Is there evidence in the Bible to support such a view? Well, certainly those of Sodom and Gomorrah might feel that way. And those millions of people who were wiped out in the flood might tend to see God in such a light. Again we have the many, many times God decimated the Jews, His own people, His chosen, His elect, the ones He wrote such beautiful love letters to through David, Solomon and the Prophets. And how about that man who was stoned for picking up sticks? Or the Jewish lad who was "aborted" by his family and his community at large? How do you think they look at God the Father?

God is loving. We hear this from just about every pulpit on any given Sunday. Sometime since the invention of the cathode ray tube or the horseless carriage and today this view of God has taken a polar switch from demanding and angry, to absolute love and forgiveness. One extreme view of this concept is that God is total love and a benevolent Daddy Warbucks who just wants to do everything wonderful for all His creation, and anything written in the Bible that seems to contradict such a view is nothing but spiritualized rhetoric describing the war between good and evil within each of us.

And then we have the compromised view of God that says God is total love to those who go to church, and total hate toward those who fail to see the light through the same eyes as those beholden of their particular view. To these the wrath of God is real, but only to the "other guy," and does not effect them.

Is God loving and benevolent, or is He strict and demanding?

Yes, He is.

We hear of God's love every Sunday. Unfortunately, the first time many of us will ever hear of God's strict and demanding nature is when we stand before the Great White Throne. Sheep, those who follow and obey the voice of their Shepherd will experience the Loving side of God's nature. Those who have gone their own way, or listened to the voice of the hireling shepherds (called goats in Scripture) will discover the angry side of God's nature.

Shepherds and cattle prods.

Pastors are considered shepherds of the flock. Some pastors (all too many I'm afraid) think of their congregation as their sheep, and expect to feed off them. These do not recognize that they are hirelings, working for the Master and Owner of the sheep. At the same time, those sheep under the care of such shepherds do not know that they are being suppressed and hidden from the Shepherd they are supposedly a possession of.

Shepherds come in all shapes, colors, sizes and packages.

There are, like in any other field, shepherds who are very selfish and domineering, only after what they can get from the flock and not concerned with the flock in any way whatsoever.

On the other extreme there are those shepherds totally concerned and dedicated to their flock. They would, as they are expected to do, surrender their lives for those entrusted to their care. They are well versed in the Scriptures, and they teach the Word, as they see it to be, to the best of their ability. Some of these dedicated souls are misguided or deluded, as was Nicodemus who, while knowing and believing the truth, chose to follow and submit to the mainstream of opinion rather than the One he knew to be the Messiah he purportedly sought.

The first category of shepherds and their followers are not looking for light. They are content in darkness. Shepherds and flocks such as these are not the subject of this study, just as they are not the target of any of the other studies on this website. In fact, should any of these stumble upon any of the pages I've written, I have no doubt they would click away posthaste. They are looking to be fed junk food and refined sugar, not solid meat or even milk of the Word.

SHEPHERDS: Here I am talking to the true shepherds, not the wolves who have taken on the title and care not for the sheep. Shepherds, or preachers, or whatever other designation has been given them, have a narrow and tight rope they must walk. My hat is off to them. Besides the tender care and feeding of the many sheep in their charge, they must keep in line those who believe they are the ones in charge, those who have the power to hire and fire the shepherd who is supposedly called by God to the flock he is to attend. He must appease both his flock, and his board of elders in order to do the job he has been given. This reminds me of a mother who must nurse and discipline her child, while at the same time appease and give the child all he or she wants so the child doesn't decide to search out another mother. (Sound ridiculous? Consider the state of parenthood under our present government and educational system.)

In the eyes of the shepherd his main responsibility is to nurture the flock, and to grow them into mature, productive and acceptable "perfect" sheep fit for sacrifice to the Lord who owns the sheep. But in order to fulfill this mission, the shepherd must appease the board of elders who supposedly have the same end in mind, but who actually are more concerned with the expansion of the flock, the "sheep shed" (building fund) and the reputation of the sheep shed (denomination).

In most cases, the shepherd must present whatever meat of the Word he can pass to the flock, without spooking either the flock or the board, in the form of sugared milk toast. Solid meat, references to sin, or inducement to Spiritual growth is likely to chase away some members, which will most likely cause a sideways stare by the board of elders.

The shepherd's job, under the present view of the church, is to increase the size of the flock, and to make the flock, and the board of elders, feel comfortable where they are. Anything more than this and the shepherd will very likely lose his job.

Paul the Apostle often referred to the flock as an Army. He called the sheep (as well as himself) soldiers and athletes. He spoke of putting on armor, and pressing for the mark, and in many other ways train to be good soldiers of the Lord.

The church is very much like the Army. Because the church is like an Army, I will use the Army as an example of how I see the running of the church.

When I was a young lad it was not uncommon to have a finely dressed, prim, well-spoken representative of the Armed Forces come and speak at school or other such organization. The presentation given by this eloquent spokesman generated visions of spender, fun and excitement in all those present. I suspect that at least half the men and boys at such a presentation would have fought to be the first to sign up if given half the chance.

Time dissipates enthusiasm. In the heat of excitement, the brain shuts off and the body acts like a chicken with her head on the chopping block. Given a few moments, other considerations filter into our consciousness and our enthusiasm mellows. Actions taken in the midst of enthusiasm are often regretted very soon after the emotions wane. Three institutions are crowded with people who have acted under such duress: the institutions of marriage, prison, and the poor house. Jesus said we must "count the cost" before coming to Him. He did not want His Church filled with people who have signed on in the heat of emotions.

The church also has such traveling recruiters, not unlike the Military. We call these recruiters of the church "Evangelists." Probably one of the best known of these is Billy Graham.

When Billy Graham, as well as other such recruiters, comes in to a town and sets up a tent (as they used to do), a soft word with many glorious promises are presented. The intent of the Evangelist is to bring people into the church. Billy Graham is not interested in getting thousands of people to follow him wherever he goes. He is not trying to draw people to himself, any more than is the Army Recruiter who comes to the school. His intent is to persuade his listeners to attend a church of their own choosing in the community in which they live.

Paul and Barnabas are good examples of just such an Evangelist. They brought people to their knees, and these kneeling people started local churches. We think of Paul as starting churches ("planting"). I don't see him as planting churches, but rather planting the seeds of the Holy Spirit into those who then plant and maintain the churches (the shepherds).

In just about any large mall in this country of ours there can be found a small cubical with the sign "Army Recruiter" over the door. In this cubical can be found an exact replica of the Armed Forces representative who gave such a splendid presentation in our school. Again, suave, well-spoken, with nothing but glorious talk and wonderful promises given those who sign on the dotted line.

This is the church. Enter any church in this land, and you will see just such a setting: comfortable people sitting enjoying a song by a choir, a skit by some children, a tune by a local band, while sipping free coffee and munching on donuts and cheese cakes.

This is the door. This is the recruiting office. Here is where you are presented with pretty stories and promised a glorious future. As long as you remain in this, the recruiting office, life can be just as you had hoped it to be.

Our young man (or woman: I will use "he" for simplicity's sake as an incorporation of both genders) has now signed on the dotted line. He is now in the Army. This young man now wears the uniform of soldier, very likely a wimpish, skinny or overly plump soldier, but a soldier nonetheless.

But is he a soldier? If you were in battle with the enemy closing in on you, would you want this "soldier" to be at your back defending your hindermost parts?

He is in the Army, he is called a soldier: but he is little more than an imposter at this point. He will make a good bench warmer, and maybe even a fairly decent typist: but as yet he hasn't a clue what it means to be a "soldier." Should he remain in the Army for 30 years in this state, he will have fulfilled all appearances of being a soldier, but he will have never even been close to being what a soldier is all about.

THE CATTLE PROD: In the early years of this country, during the Westward Expansion, churches were few and far between. In fact one could travel all day and not even see a person or a house, leastwise a church. In those days, westerners did not go to church, rather church came to them.

Roving preachers called "Circuit Riders" made their rounds throughout the west, preaching the Word. Church, as we understand the word today, was where the preacher was, not where the building was located.

[In my opinion, as I read the Word, "Church" should be where you are, if you are a Christian, even if you are in a room by yourself.]

In the past two hundred years or so we have seen what is called: "Great Awakenings." During these Awakenings the Holy Spirit is poured out on the land in what has been referred to as "Latter Rains." At these times a clamoring for the Word occurs, and miracles are manifest. In recent history we have witnessed what has come to be called the Azusa Street Miracles, and other such healers who (some) are still with us such as Oral Roberts.

When it rains, it rains on everybody. As the wheat grows to maturity, so do the tares. While many great things came out of these Latter Rains, so did the false and the divisive. And when the rains stopped, those (many) who were part of the real, tried to continue the appearances of what they had, but with no substance. The Spirit had left them; and rather than move on to where the Spirit wanted to lead them (as it did with Paul, who had to change his direction and intent), they changed the Glory of God into an lie by making a show of their own glory.

Comes the Cattle Prod.

Not everyone is content to just sit in a pew and be told how wonderful they are for having made the choice to sign on with the church they are attending. Some feel a call to move on in the Lord, and they hear a voice other than the shepherd who stands behind the pulpit each Sunday.

Sheep follow a shepherd. That is, sheep follow a shepherd's dog who shepherds and leads the sheep. As long as the dog is obedient to the shepherd, and listens to the shepherd's voice, the flock is well cared for.

But should the shepherd's dog turn out to be a wolf....!?

Cattle, that is cows (in the Bible, sheep are also referred to as "cattle") are not so obliging as are sheep. If a cow or a bull does not want to move, you are not going to move the beast. In order to make the cow move, you have to make her want to move. There are two ways this can be accomplished. The first is to offer food, and to have that food move toward where you want to place the cow. Other animals can be led the same way. In fact we have an expression: "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach." I find that to be true of myself. [Have you ever noticed that churches attract people to church through luncheons, picnics, buffets and by offering coffee and donuts?]

The other way to get a cow to move is by the use of a long stick with a sharp point or an electric prod attached to the end called a "goad." One touch of this stick, and the cow wants to move, whether she wants to or not. The compliment (opposite) of this is equally true. In order to keep a cow, or any other animal where you want it, in other words penned in, an electric wire is placed around the area that makes the animal want to stay where you want it to, whether it wants to or not. As food is an attraction to humans as well as animals, so electric fences have an equally powerful effect. However, in the human realm, we refer to these electric fences as doctrines, rules and laws.

In the early days, cattle prods used to roam the country, often setting up tents and presenting something not too far afield of a circus. Since portable computers were a bit fragile for travel in covered wagons, and TV reception was poor on the farms of early America; these Spiritual circuses were a welcome treat. People would come from hundreds of miles to witness a "Revival," bringing their family, and even their milking cows with them for the long stay.

Although revivals were entertaining, offering song and festivities; their major purpose was to stir the hearts of the people to repentance. It was not the Love of Jesus that was preached to the listeners, but fire and brimstone, intended to drive people to their knees in tears and repentance. The hope was that the conviction the convert experienced would carry farther than a mere New Years resolution, that faded as soon as the morning-after headache subsided.

Unlike the modern day Evangelist who's hope is to usher their converts into local churches, the olden-day Evangelist, called a Revivalist such as Charles Finney (and later, Billy Sunday) had no such hope, since most of his listeners were not near a church. The convert and their family were to be the church they must attend, with the father as the preacher, and the mother as the teacher. This is the way the early church of Paul's day was conducted, and it was also the daily activity of the Jew, as well as the tradition in the homes of America, even in my day. Church was a place where the churches congregated. They were an addition to the experience, and not the experience in and of itself as it is today.

Cattle prods in the Army are called "DI's," short for Drill Instructor. We think of an instructor as a quiet person who stands up before a class and presents a daily oratory that his or her students are to memorize. Or, we might picture an instructor as one who leads a group in some physical exercise such as aerobics or yoga. Chase this image from your mind.

In the Armed Forces a DI is the meanest, ugliest and most vile person you can meet. If it weren't for the fact that he was a DI in the Army, he would be doing life without the possibility of parole in San Quinton. Remember the handsome, well spoken fellow who talked you into joining the Army? You have seen the last of his sort. All those rosy pictures he painted, and the promises he made are but a faded memory. The man before you, this cattle prod, is going to turn you into a soldier, not the bench warmer you expected to become.

The DI is going to make you do everything you never, ever wanted to do. In fact, he is going to make you do, and become, everything you never dreamed possible by any human being, and to become something that is just the opposite of everything you ever wanted to be, or thought you could be. And, if for whatever reason you fail to become what is expected of you, you will be kicked out of the service and will no longer be a soldier. Along with this you will carry with you a mark for the rest of your life indicating you are a failure. Peter put it this way:

20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (2Pet:2)

Who likes to have a cattle prod put to their hindermost parts? I sure don't. But I know that to get me to do what I must do, a cattle prod is sometimes needed. Hopefully I have within myself what it takes to get me up and moving. If I don't have it within me, then one of two things happens. The first thing that happens is what I described in the beginning of this study. I find myself justifying the unjustifiable. I find myself making excuses for the lack of motivation toward what I know I must do; or as described by Peter, justifying my direction back into areas I know full well I shouldn't be going, and have been rescued from.

If I don't have it within myself to move me forward, I should hope someone is around to force me into such a direction. Will I like that person who takes it upon themself to make me do what I need to do instead of what I want to do? Of course not. In fact, I might very likely hate the person. But in the end, I will have an appreciation for what they have done, and will recognize the importance of what had been done.

I experienced this in my growing years under my parents; in the Army; and in life. All these people had their own selfish reasons for doing what they did. And at the time, I felt abused and resentful of them for their abuse. But whatever their reason for their actions, I have come out the winner. I am a stronger person for having suffered. I am more understanding of the hurts and problems of others because of what I have experienced. I hated every step, and I am glad they are past. But if I had it to do over again, I would certainly do it, hopefully with gusto; and I would hope the people who beat on me would beat even harder, that I might be stronger (but hopefully not broken).

Cattle prods in the church are rare if at all any more. In fact, the "Love of God" has become such a strong and prevalent message, that the need to do any more than stand in the door of the church is all but forgotten. Any effort to move a person forward in their Spiritual growth, to "Strive for the mark," to "Be like Jesus," to "Overcome as I have overcome," (the Words of Jesus) is at best downgraded, and more often than not, preached as instruments of the devil.

I could not be a preacher. I respect the position preachers are in, and as I said earlier; I understand the handicap they must work under. Even if a pastor wanted to move his congregation forward, he would not be allowed to do so. Doctrine doesn't allow for Spiritual growth. It is an electric fence that dare not be touched or moved. I for one could not live in such a confinement. Were I to be in prison I would be allowed to do with my mind and my spirit what I chose, although my body was held in strict confinement. I might be criticized, punished and downtrodden because of what I chose to believe and study (the Bible), but I would not be hindered. (I understand that in many prisons Bibles are not allowed any more. No wonder the recidivism rate is so high.) In most of the churches today just the opposite is true. The confinement is not of the body. In fact, congregates are taught as were the Hedonists (now called "the world") that the body can sin all it wants to, just as long as the "Spirit" is right: and all it takes for the "Spirit" to be right, is to say a few words, and to take a bath. To speak of doing any more then this is condemned as "works," and frowned upon at best.

[I wonder where the Apostles and Jesus would have been had they accepted such an attitude as is taught today?]

I could not be a shepherd. It is not in my ability. I couldn't handle the strain, nor the constraint. I have shepherded in my life, so I know I have the ability to do so, but I certainly do not have the calling. I just hope (or should I better say, I wish) those who do have such a calling would pay more heed to that calling than they do to those who do the hiring and the firing of pastors.

I've been called to be a cattle prod. Do I prod people daily? Not at all. In fact, I hardly talk about the church, the Bible, or even Jesus in my daily walk. If the door is opened for any reason, than I go flooding in. But Evangelism is not my calling any more than is shepherding.

I am called to write these studies for the web. Those who are called to read them may do so. Accept or reject what I write, it makes no difference to me. I am not called to be accepted. No one hires or fires me. I pay for my own website, I gain nothing one way or the other from the opinions of others. My effort is to listen to the One who has called me, and hopefully only write what has been given me through Him.



There are many different words that mean almost the same thing. This is true of just about every word in the Bible. In order to capture the meaning of the word as clearly as possible, I have listed the definition of the word, then printed the verses which use that word beneath the definition..

H8150 Ñ sha^nan shaw-nan' A primitive root; to point (transitively or intransitively); intensively to pierce; figuratively to inculcate: - prick, sharp (-en), teach diligently, whet.

20As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

21Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

22So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. (Psalm 73:)

1Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

2Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

3Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: (Psalm 64:)

1In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

2Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

3What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?

4Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

5Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!

6My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.

7I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. (Psalm 120:)

3Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

4And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

5Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

6Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. (Psalm 45:)

17Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

18A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

19Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. (Prov 25:)

22Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 24Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 26And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: 27None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken: 28Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind: 29Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it. 30And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof. (Isa:5:)

4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. 10And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, (Deut 6:)

39See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. 40For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. 41If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. 42I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. 43Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people. (Deut 32:)

H3992 ma^'ar maw-ar' A primitive root; to be bitter or (causatively) to embitter, that is, be painful: - fretting, picking.

24And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
(Ezek 28:)

H7899 Ò s´e^k sake From H5526 in the sense of H7753; a brier (as of a hedge): - prick.

53And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it. 54And ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer ye shall give the less inheritance: every man's inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falleth; according to the tribes of your fathers ye shall inherit. 55But 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. 56Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them. (Num 33:)

H1861 dorbo^n dor-bone' Of uncertain derivation; a goad: - goad.

8Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. 9And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. (Eccl 12:)

G2660 ´? katanusso¯ kat-an-oos'-so From G2596 and G3572; to pierce thoroughly, that is, (figuratively) to agitate violently ("sting to the quick"): - prick.

37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (Acts 2:)

G2759 ´? kentron ken'-tron From ´? kenteo¯ (to prick); a point ("centre"), that is, a sting (figuratively poison) or goad (figuratively divine impulse): - prick, sting.

4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5And 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. 6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. (Acts 9:)

51Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1Cor 15:)

7And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 12One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. (Rev 9:)

H6567 Ñ pa^ra^sh paw-rash' A primitive root; to separate, literally (to disperse) or figuratively (to specify); also (by implication) to wound: - scatter, declare, distinctly, shew, sting.

29Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. 32At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 34Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. (Prov 23:)




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