“(Heb. malmad, only in Judg. 3: 31), an instrument used by” ploughmen for guiding their oxen. Shamgar slew six hundred “Philistines with an ox-goad. “The goad is a formidable weapon.” “It is sometimes ten feet long, and has a sharp point. We could” now see that the feat of Shamgar was not so very wonderful as “some have been accustomed to think.” “In 1 Sam. 13:21, a different Hebrew word is used, dorban, “meaning something pointed. The expression (Acts 9:5, omitted in” “the R.V.), “It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks”,” “i.e., against the goad, was proverbial for unavailing resistance” to superior power.