The words of the wise are like goads and like nails well-fastened, words of masters of collections, given by one shepherd. Bible see other translations

“goads.” See commentary on Acts 26:14.

“masters of collections.” The meaning of this phrase is the subject of much discussion among scholars, but it fits the context that the “masters of collections” are the scholars who knew the various collections of wisdom literature and wise sayings.

“given by one shepherd.” The words of the truly wise will agree with each other. True wisdom comes from God and is not scattered or diverse. The One Shepherd is God, the source and fount of all wisdom, and He entrusts faithful shepherds with His work (Jer. 23:4).

Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 12:11