The points with which ox-goads were armed, by kicking against which a refractory bullock only hurt itself the more. Hence a proverb, found in Greek and Latin as well as in Hebrew, applied to those who resist lawful authority, or the power of God, Acts 9:5 26:14. Compare Job 15:25-26. See OX.
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Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'PRICKS'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".