Acts 26:14
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English Standard Version
And when 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 is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

King James Bible
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

American Standard Version
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice saying unto me in the Hebrew language, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the goad.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when we were all fallen down on the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew tongue: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.

English Revised Version
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice saying unto me in the Hebrew language, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the goad.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when we had all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew language, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goads.

Weymouth New Testament
We all fell to the ground; and I heard a voice which said to me in Hebrew, "'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? You are finding it painful to kick against the ox-goad.'

Acts 26:14 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks

Or, goads. The sharp goad carried in the ploughman's hand, against which the oxen kick on being pricked. The metaphor, though not found in Jewish writings, was common in Greek and Roman writings. Thus, Euripides ("Bacchae," 791): "Being enraged, I would kick against the goads, a mortal against a god." Plautus ("Truculentus, 4, 2, 55): "If you strike the goads with your fists, you hurt your hands more than the goads." "Who knows whether at that moment the operation of ploughing might not be going on within sight of the road along which the persecutor was travelling? (Howson, "Metaphors of St. Paul").

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in.

Acts 21:40 And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand to the people...

Acts 22:2 (And when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he said,)

Saul.

Acts 9:4,5 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me...

Acts 22:7-9 And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me...

hard.

Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Zechariah 2:8 For thus said the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me to the nations which spoiled you...

Zechariah 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about...

1 Corinthians 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

Cross References
Acts 9:4
And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"

Acts 9:7
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.

Acts 21:40
And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying:

Acts 26:13
At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me.

Acts 26:15
And I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.

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