The Apostle Shauwl (Paul) Kicked Against The Pricks [YAHUWAH]

A YouTube Comment

I received the following comment on one of my YouTube videos entitled “The Truth About The Apostle Paul (Shauwl)” :

“Paul used Greek literature attributed to Zeus. Kick against the prick for example. .It turns out that this phrase was actually taken from an ancient pagan Greek proverb that predates the New Testament. The analogy of an animal kicking against the goads was used in pagan Greek literature to refer to a human being who was resisting the will of the gods. It is found first in Pindar’s Odes, Pythia 2.94-5:”

I would like to address some statements made in this comment in this presentation.

The Phrase In The Greek Document

“Pythian 2
For Hieron of Syracuse Chariot Race ?470 or 468”

“Let me be a friend to my friend; but I will be an enemy to my enemy, and pounce on him like a wolf, [85] treading every crooked path. Under every type of law the man who speaks straightforwardly prospers: in a tyranny, and where the raucous masses oversee the state, and where men of skill do. One must not fight against a god, who raises up some men’s fortunes at one time, and at another gives great glory to others. But even this [90] does not comfort the minds of the envious; they pull the line too tight and plant a painful wound in their own heart before they get what they are scheming for. It is best to take the yoke on one’s neck and bear it lightly; kicking against the goad [95] makes the path treacherous. I hope that I may associate with noble men and please them.”


“Pindar (Ancient Greek: Πίνδαρος, Pindaros, pronounced [píndaros]; Latin: Pindarus) (c. 522–443 BC), was an Ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes. Of the canonical nine lyric poets of ancient Greece, his work is the best preserved. Quintilian wrote, “Of the nine lyric poets, Pindar is by far the greatest, in virtue of his inspired magnificence, the beauty of his thoughts and figures, the rich exuberance of his language and matter, and his rolling flood of eloquence, characteristics which, as Horace rightly held, make him inimitable.”[1] His poems however can also seem difficult and even peculiar. The Athenian comic playwright Eupolis once remarked that they “are already reduced to silence by the disinclination of the multitude for elegant learning”.[2] Some scholars in the modern age also found his poetry perplexing, at least up until the discovery in 1896 of some poems by his rival Bacchylides, when comparisons of their work showed that many of Pindar’s idiosyncrasies are typical of archaic genres rather than of the poet himself. The brilliance of his poetry then began to be more widely appreciated. However his style still challenges the casual reader and he continues to be a much admired though largely unread poet.[3]”

Definition Of The Word “Goad”


a : something that pains as if by pricking : thorn
b : something that urges or stimulates into action : spur

: a pointed rod used to urge on an animal

(Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition)

Definition Of The Word Prick


1 : a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed instrument

a : a pointed instrument or weapon
b : a sharp projecting organ or part

3: an instance of pricking or the sensation of being pricked: as
a : a nagging or sharp feeling of remorse, regret, or sorrow
b : a slight sharply localized discomfort

(Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition)

The Greek Word “Kentron”

The word translated as the English word “pricks” means the following:

kentron (G2759) {ken’-tron} from kenteo (to prick); TDNT – 3:663,427; n n AV – sting 3, prick 2; 5 1) a sting, as that of bees, scorpions, locusts. Since animals wound by their sting and even cause death, Paul attributes death, personified as a sting, i.e. a deadly weapon 2) an iron goad, for urging on oxen, horses and other beasts of burden 2a) hence the proverb, Vto kick against the goadV, i.e. to offer vain and perilous or ruinous resistance

The Goad And Prick Are Cattle Prods

“A cattle prod, also called a stock prod, is a handheld device commonly used to make cattle or other livestock move by striking or poking them, or in the case of a Hot-Shot-type prod, through a relatively high-voltage, low-current electric shock. It was invented by Nicholas Frost in 1976.”

“Regular cattle prods can actually be anything from a stick (goad) or piece of pipe, to a manufactured fiberglass rod with a rubber handle. Most prods also have a rubber tip, though some have metal tips with dull barbs (in a similar design to a fire poker) for herding stubborn animals. A Wiffleball bat is also often used as an effective prod because the hollow plastic bat makes a sharp ringing sound when slapped against the skin.”

“Unlike hotshots, regular prods are simply used to tap, strike, or poke an animal (usually on the flanks), depending on how stubborn the animal is. Sometimes, a prod can be used as a sort of “extended fence”, allowing one to simply intimidate skittish animals away from open gates or downed fences without having to touch them.”

The goad and prick are the words used in the English translation of the King James Version of Scriptures for an ancient cattle prod.

Paul Used Greek Literature Attributed To Zeus?

True or False? The answer is “False.”

Acts 26:14 “And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Abary tongue, Shauwl (Saul/Paul), Shauwl (Saul/Paul), why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”

The phrase “kick against the pricks” has been handed down to us in the Greek and English languages, but Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal spoke these words in the Abary language to Shauwl (Paul). Shauwl (Paul) is not the author of the phrase “kick against the pricks” which is why these words are “red-lettered” in the King James version of The Scriptures. Whoever the original scribe is of the Book of Acts recorded the phrase in the Abary language and the phrase was translated into the Greek language as “laktizo pros kentron” and the English translators translated it as “kick against the pricks.” The Book of Acts was not written by Shauwl (Paul). It was written by a scribe who recorded some of the acts of all the apostles, not the acts of Shauwl (Paul) only. When the scribe records what Shauwl (Paul) said to king Agrippa in Acts 26:14 about his encounter with Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal, the scribe records the same phrase spoken by Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal in Acts 9:5.

The scribe recorded that it is Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal Mashyach who used the phrase “kick against the pricks” and not Shauwl (Paul) and the scribe makes it clear that Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal spoke this phrase in the Abary language (for the purposes of this study, I want the viewer to understand that the true language of The Scriptures is called the Abary language, but the modern word was erroneously translated as the word “Hebrew.” Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal spoke Abary in the first century.)

Who Is “Me”?

Acts 9:4 “And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Shauwl (Saul/Paul), Shauwl (Saul/Paul), why persecutest thou me?”

When Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal ask Shauwl (Paul) “why persecutest thou me?” Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal was in the safety of the heavens with his Ab Yahuwah, therefore, the “me” in this verse is a reference to the saints. Shauwl (Paul) persecuted Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal when he persecuted the saints.

The Symbolism

Shauwl (Paul) is the one who was persecuting the saints.

Shauwl (Paul) is the one who had the pricks (goad) with which he persecuted the saints.

The saints are the ones who were being treated as cattle with the pricks (goad) Shauwl (Paul) held in his authority.

The Phrase “Kick Against The Pricks”
Acts 9:1-9

1 “And Shauwl (Saul/Paul), yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of Aduwny, went unto the high priest, 2 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 Yahruwshalaam. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Shauwl (Saul/Paul), Shauwl (Saul/Paul), why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Aduwny? And Aduwny said, I am Yahuwshuwah whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard [ for] thee [to] kick against [the] pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Aduwny, what wilt thou have me to do? And Aduwny said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. 8 And Shauwl (Saul/Paul) arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.”

The words in brackets are not in the original Greek text. The original text reads:

“Hard thee against pricks kick.”

This can be verified at this link:
Acts 9:5 (Greek Text)

The Word “Hard”

The word translated as the English word “hard” in Acts 9:5 means the following:

skleros (G4642) {sklay-ros’} from the base of 4628; TDNT – adj AV – hard 5, fierce 1 – 6 1) hard, harsh, rough, stiff 1a) of men: metaph. harsh, stern, hard 1b) of things: violent, rough, offensive, intolerable

The word “skleros” (hard) is used to describe the severity with which Shauwl (Paul) used the pricks (goad) of authority he held in his hand to persecute the saints. Before his conversion, Shauwl (Paul) was personified by Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal as a cattle farmer who had the saints as cattle and who held a prick (goad) in his hand who rounded up the saints as a cattle farmer does to cattle.

The Abary Words For “Goad”

The Abary words translated as the English “goad” are as follows:

daraban (H1861) {dor-bone’} [also דרבן dor-bawn’] of uncertain derivation; TWOT – 451a,b; n m/f AV – goad 2; 2 1) goad

malamad (H4451) {mal-mawd’} from 03925; TWOT – 1116b; n m AV – goad 1; 1 1) ox goad

The Abary People Used Goads (Pricks)

Judges 3:31 “And after him was Shamagar the ban of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox malamad (goad): and he also delivered Yahsharahal.”

1 Shamuwal (Samuel) 13:21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks and for the axes, and to sharpen the daraban (goads).

Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are as daraban (goads), and as nails fastened by the baaly of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

Goads are associated with the following:

1. ox
2. need to be sharpened with a file
3. words of the wise (metaphorically “leads” and “guides”)

These three scriptures reflect events in the historical record of the Abary people that occurred “before” Pindar wrote his work in B.C. 470. The Abary people used goads “before” B. C. 470, therefore, how do we know that it wasn’t the Greeks who got the phrase “kicking against the goad” from the Abary people.

What Does The Phrase “Kick Against The Pricks” Mean?

A goad or prick is used to drive cattle. A goad has sharp points on it that pricks or sticks the cattle to make them move forward or in whatever direction the user of the goad or prick wants the cattle to move in. The goad or prick causes pain. The user of the goad or prick does not need to kick against it because it is designed to cause a sensation of pain to the cattle already, but if one kicks against the goad or prick, the pain can be violently intensified, and the cattle farmer who kicks against the goad or prick or drives the goad or prick into the flesh of the cattle in this manner is considered a hard, harsh, rough, abusive, and violent person who uses unnecessary force against the cattle.

Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal told Shauwl (Paul) that he was being hard, harsh, rough, abusive, and violent in his persecution of the saints. Comparable idioms in our modern times would be as follows:

“You’re going overboard in your persecution of my people.”
“You twist the knife in your persecution of my people.”
“You’re really pushing it in your persecution of my people.”
“You’re crossing the line in your persecution of my people.”
“You are getting out of control in your persecution of my people.”
“You are being heavy-handed in your persecution of my people.”
“You add insult to injury in your persecution of my people.

The Greek word “skleros” which is translated as the English “hard” is used to modify the verb “kick.” Shauwl (Paul) metaphorically had a “prick” or “goad” (authority) in his hand with which he metaphorically kicked into the saints to persecute the saints, but he was going above and beyond the methods of persecution that others used by his cruelty and harshness.

An Animal Kicking against The Goads?

Does an animal kick against the goads? True or False. The answer is “it depends.”

The Scriptures describe the goad as an instrument used on oxen. Ordinarily, the ox does not kick against the goad, but flees or moves away from the goad in the direction that the cattle farmer or user of the goad wants it to go so that it does not get pricked again by the goad.

However, if one uses a goad on the wrong type of animal (like a caged horse), that horse may kick that person’s behind.

The phrase “kick against the pricks” is not talking about an animal kicking the pricks (goads), but it is speaking about how Shauwl (Paul) used his metaphorical goad (authority) to increase the severity of the persecution of saints.

Who Is The Scribe Of The Book Of Acts?

I don’t know, but what I do know is that the scribe is not Shauwl (Paul) because the Book of Acts contains information that happened “before” Shauwl (Paul) was converted in Acts Chapter 9. Chapter One of the Book of Acts is recorded by a scribe who bore witness to Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal being taken up in the clouds at the Mount of Olives and the scribe was a part of what happened at Pentecost when the Ruwach HaQaduwsh (Holy Spirit) was given to the disciples. Shauwl (Paul) was not at these events, therefore, he is not the scribe of the Book of Acts.

Shauwl (Paul) is not the scribe (writer/author) of the Book of Acts, and he did not coin the phrase “kick against the pricks.” Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal Mashyach is the author of the phrase in the Abary language.

2 Kaphah (Peter) 3:14-18

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Aduwny is salvation; even as our beloved brother Shauwl (Paul) also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Aduwny and Saviour Yahuwshuwah Mashyach. To him be glory both now and for ever. Aman.”

Kaphah (Peter) reveals that his perception of Shauwl (Paul) is as follows:

1. Shauwl (Paul) is beloved.
2. Shauwl (Paul) is a brother.
3. Shauwl (Paul) had wisdom given to him.
4. Shauwl (Paul) spoke in his letters about the same things Kaphah (Peter) spoke about (Kaphah (Peter) and Shauwl (Paul) preached the same message).
5. Shauwl (Paul) wrote some things that are hard to understand.
6. People struggled with the writings of Shauwl (Paul) in the first century, some to their own destruction.

Are “we” wiser than the Apostle Kaphah (Peter) who knew Shauwl (Paul) personally to judge the character and authenticity of his conversion in these last days? Kaphah (Peter) rebuked the unlearned and unstable wicked who “wrest” with the writings of Shauwl (Paul). Furthermore, Kaphah (Peter) warns the people of Yahuwah to remain steadfast in the face of doctrines like the “Pindar Odes” doctrine.

Shauwl (Paul) Became One Of The Cattle
Acts 9:10-16

10 “And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said Aduwny in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Aduwny. 11 And Aduwny said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Yahuwdah (Judas) for one called Shauwl (Saul/Paul), of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13 Then Ananias answered, Aduwny, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Yahruwshalaam: 14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15 But Aduwny said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Yahsharahal: 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

The Apostle Shauwl (Paul) was called by Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal and he gave up the pricks (goad of authority) he had over the saints and became one of the sheep. Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal prophesied that Shauwl (Paul) would learn to empathize with the saints through his own personal experience with persecution and suffering. The Scriptures reveal that this prophecy came to pass.

The Suffering Of Shauwl (Paul) Came To Pass
2 Corinthians 11:21-33

21 “I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. 22 Are they Abary? so am I. Are they Yahsharahal? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. 23 Are they ministers of Mashyach? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 24 Of the Yahuwdy five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the congregations. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 31 Yahuwah and Aby of our Aduwny Yahuwshuwah Mashyach, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: 33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.”

Shauwl (Paul) Was An Apostle Of Yahuwah

Shauwl (Paul) was an apostle of Yahuwah. Yahuwah and Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal called Shauwl (Paul) mainly as an apostle to deliver the message of salvation to the Gentiles. Shauwl (Paul) did not make the doctrine up that salvation was to be delivered to the Gentiles. Yahuwah verified this doctrine through Kaphah (Peter) one of the original Twelve in Acts Chapter 10. Shauwl (Paul) spoke in words that at times were hard to understand, but if we do not understand parts of his letters, we must confess it and ask Yahuwah for understanding. Shauwl (Paul) did not teach that the law is done away with, but that there are new laws and changes under the new covenant and law of Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal Mashyach.

Those who deny and accuse the apostle Shauwl (Paul) deny and accuse a vital part of the true message of Yahuwah and will be required to give an account.

Will the “supposed” evidence against the apostle Shauwl (Paul) of the “Pindar Odes” stand up at the throne of Yahuwah when those who believe in the “Pindar Odes” doctrine present a copy of the “Pindar Odes” document to Yahuwah as the reason they rejected the message delivered through the vessel Shauwl (Paul) as a legitimate apostle? Let’s wait and see.

Take Heed!


3 thoughts on “The Apostle Shauwl (Paul) Kicked Against The Pricks [YAHUWAH]

  1. Deatr Brethrens, Wonderful for the teachings to us.We are reading and teaching our church here.please may you consider our hungry orphans who are at our hands.We have agreed with your teachings and we are using them in teaching our members but our childrens are really hungry,the only drink water and sleep.Please consider us and save this lifes.We also welcome you to Kenya to teach us face to face,develope your ministry here fully with us,open more churches and restore our communities back to Yahveh’s plan.Thanks and may Yahveh bless you Brethrens. Yours in Yeshua name. Pastor:Pius Mboti Oendo.

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