1) a sting, as that of bees, scorpions, locusts. Since animals wound by their sting and even cause death, Paul attributes death, personified as a sting, i.e. a deadly weapon
2) an iron goad, for urging on oxen, horses and other beasts of burden
2a) hence the proverb, "to kick against the goad", i.e. to offer vain and perilous or ruinous resistance
Part of Speech: noun neuter
Citing in TDNT: 3:663, 427
From κεντέω kenteô (to prick); a point ("centre"), that is, a sting (figuratively poison) or goad (figuratively divine impulse): - prick, sting.
|a sting, stinger||8.45|
|c power to kill||20.69|
|d power to hurt||24.86|
|(πρὸς κέντρα λακτίζω) hurt by resistance||39.19|
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