Ecclesiastes 12:11

“The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The wordes of the wise are as goads, and as nailes fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are giuen from one shepheard.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of {these} collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The words of the wise are as goads; and as nails well fastened are `the words of' the masters of assemblies, `which' are given from one shepherd.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The words of the wise are pointed, and sayings grouped together are like nails fixed with a hammer; they are given by one guide.
- Basic English Bible

The words of the wise are as goads, and the collections [of them] as nails fastened in: they are given from one shepherd.
- Darby Bible

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
- Webster's Bible

The words of the wise are like goads; and like nails well fastened are words from the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
- World English Bible

Words of the wise [are] as goads, and as fences planted [by] the masters of collections, they have been given by one shepherd.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails well fastened are those that are composed in collections; they are given from one shepherd.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 12:11


12:11 Nails - Piercing into men's dull minds, which make powerful and abiding impressions in them. Masters - By the teachers of God's church, appointed of God for that work. Shepherd - From Christ, the great Shepherd of the church in all ages.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 12:11

  • James Dixon for verse 11
    All Scripture is given to men through the Spirit
    Prophecy never came from man.
    Christ gave Himself to man as a substitue for his failures.
    Both are from well driven nails.

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