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The goad is a traditional farming implement, used to spur or guide lifestock, usually oxen, which are pulling a plough or a cart; used also to round up cattle. It is a type of a long stick with a pointed end, also known as the cattle prod. Though many people are unfamiliar with them today, goads have been common throughout the world. Goads in various guises are iconographic device, and may be seen in the hand of Neith and the 'elephant goad' or 'ankusha' (Sanskrit) in the hand of Ganesha, for example.

The word is from Middle English gode, from Old English gād.

According to the Bible, Judges 3:31, Shamgar son of Anath killed six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad.

Tischler and McHenry (2006: p.&nbsp;251) in discussing the biblical account of 'goad' hold:<blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In the early days, before Israel had its own metal industries, farmers had to rely on the Philistines to sharpen their goads, as well as other metal tools, the plowshares and mattocks, forks, and axes (1 Sam. 13:21).<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The image of prodding the reluctant or lazy creature made this a useful metaphor for sharp urging, such as the prick of conscience, the nagging of a mate, or the "words of the wise," which are "firmly embedded nails" in human minds (Eccles. 12:11-12).Tischler, Nancy M. P. & McHenry, Ellen J. (2006). All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the......
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