In addition to the Teacher being a wise man,
he constantly taught the people knowledge;
he weighed, explored, and arranged many proverbs.
The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately.
The sayings of the wise are like goads,
and those from masters of collections are like firmly embedded nails.
The sayings are given by One Shepherd.
But beyond these, my son, be warned:
there is no end to the making of many books,
and much study wearies the body.
When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is:
Fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity.
For God will bring every act to judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether Good or Evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 HCSB
goad |gəʊd| verb1 [ with obj. ] provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate an action or reaction: he was trying to goad her into a fight. 2 [ with obj. and adverbial of direction ] drive (an animal) with a spiked stick. the cowboys goaded their cattle across the meadows.