Today, we’re going to look at a curious verse that is one of my favorites from the book of Ecclesiastes.
(Ecc 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.
The Impact and Source of Wise Words
God used Solomon to write many wise words. In today’s verse, he describes the impact and source of those words.
First, Solomon compared wise words to goads. A goad was a pointed stick, like a cattle prod, use to get livestock moving. Wise words are like that. They motivate people to get moving in the right direction. Like goads, they may also be pointed and painful.
Next, Solomon compared wise words to nails in the hand of a master carpenter. Like goads, nails are pointed, but that’s not the main idea here. Wise words are used to build something useful. They build people up. They help the lives of the listeners to be better.
Finally, Solomon told us where to get these wise words – from one Shepherd. The Lord is our Shepherd, and He is the One we can go to for the wisdom we need.
What About You?
- Are you asking the Shepherd for wise words?
- Do your words move people to action and build them up?