Acts 9:5 Kick Against the Pricks (Agriculture)

And he said, Who are thou, Lord: And the Lord said,

I am Jesus whome thou persecutest:

it is hard to kick against the pricks.



    Orientals are largely agricultural people, therefore there are many figures of speech relating to life on the land, which may be found in the Scriptures.

    One of the many figures of speech relating to plowing is found in Judges 14:10-18; this is the story of Samson's marriage to the Philistine woman. He had proposed a riddle to the groomsmen, and they had plagued his bride until she obtained the answer to the riddle.

    Samson said to them, "…If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle." The oxen which are used for plowing are kept in the furrow by means of pricking with a goad, which is a nail fixed on the end of a stick. Samson is saying that the bride was goaded by the groomsmen.

    The same goad is the basis of the remark Jesus made to Paul, when he was struck down on the Damascus Road, "…it is hard to kick against the pricks." (Acts 9:5). As long as the ox goes straight down the furrow, he is not pricked with the goad. But if he starts to stray out of line, he is pricked. A precocious ox may kick back at the plowsman, but the canny plowsman holds the goad so that the ox kicks right into it.

Bishop K.C. Pillai, D.D.


Anthony Gilmore,
May 22, 2012, 2:23 PM