Ecclesiastes 12:11
Modern Translations
New International Version
The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one shepherd.

New Living Translation
The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep.

English Standard Version
The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.

Berean Study Bible
The words of the wise are like goads, and the anthologies of the masters are like firmly embedded nails driven by a single Shepherd.

New American Standard Bible
The words of the wise are like goads, and masters of these collections are like driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.

NASB 1995
The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.

NASB 1977
The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.

Amplified Bible
The words of the wise are like [prodding] goads, and these collected sayings are [firmly fixed in the mind] like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.

Christian Standard Bible
The sayings of the wise are like cattle prods, and those from masters of collections are like firmly embedded nails. The sayings are given by one Shepherd.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
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.

Contemporary English Version
Words of wisdom are like the stick a farmer uses to make animals move. These sayings come from a shepherd, and they are like nails that fasten things together.

Good News Translation
The sayings of the wise are like the sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep, and collected proverbs are as lasting as firmly driven nails. They have been given by God, the one Shepherd of us all.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Words from wise people are like spurs. Their collected sayings are like nails that have been driven in firmly. They come from one shepherd.

International Standard Version
Sayings from the wise are like cattle prods and well fastened nails; this masterful collection was given by one shepherd.

NET Bible
The words of the sages are like prods, and the collected sayings are like firmly fixed nails; they are given by one shepherd.
Classic Translations
King James Bible
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

New King James Version
The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails firmly fixed by the masters of assemblies, which are given by one shepherd.

New Heart English Bible
The words of the wise are like goads; and like nails well fastened are words from the masters of collections, which are given from one shepherd.

World English Bible
The words of the wise are like goads; and like nails well fastened are words from the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

American King James Version
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

American Standard Version
The words of the wise are as goads; and as nails well fastened are the words of the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

A Faithful Version
The words of the wise men are like goads; yea, their collected words are like nails driven home; given by one Shepherd.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of the wise are as goads, and the collections [of them] as nails fastened in: they are given from one shepherd.

English Revised Version
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails well fastened are the words of the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
The wordes of the wise are like goads, and like nailes fastened by the masters of the assemblies, which are giuen by one pastour.

Bishops' Bible of 1568
For the wordes of the wyse are like prickes and nayles that go thorowe, of the auctoures of gatheringes which are geuen of one shephearde.

Coverdale Bible of 1535
For the wordes of ye wyse are like prickes and nales that go thorow, wherwith men are kepte together: for they are geuen of one shepherde onely.
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
Words of the wise [are] as the goads, and as nails planted [by] the masters of collections, they have been given by one Shepherd.

Young's Literal Translation
Words of the wise are as goads, and as fences planted by the masters of collections, they have been given by one shepherd.

Smith's Literal Translation
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails planted of the masters of the gatherings; they were given from one shepherd.

Catholic Translations
Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails deeply fastened in, which by the counsel of masters are given from one shepherd.

Catholic Public Domain Version
The words of the wise are like a goad, and like nails deeply fastened, which, through the counsel of teachers, are set forth by one pastor.

Translations from Aramaic
Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
The words of the wise are like goads and like nails with which Masters nail door posts; they are given from one Shepherd

Lamsa Bible
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails deeply fastened, which are arranged by workmen and given from one master builder.

OT Translations
JPS Tanakh 1917
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails well fastened are those that are composed in collections; they are given from one shepherd.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails firmly fastened, which have been given from one shepherd by agreement.








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