16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.(A)
Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.(B)

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Trembling seized(A) them there,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.(B)

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17 As a pregnant woman about to give birth(A)
    writhes and cries out in her pain,
    so were we in your presence, Lord.

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They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress(A) and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth(B) and there is no strength to deliver them.

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Ask and see:
    Can a man bear children?
Then why do I see every strong man
    with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor,(A)
    every face turned deathly pale?(B)

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41 Kerioth[a](A) will be captured
    and the strongholds taken.
In that day the hearts of Moab’s warriors(B)
    will be like the heart of a woman in labor.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 48:41 Or The cities

22 Look! An eagle will soar and swoop(A) down,
    spreading its wings over Bozrah.(B)
In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriors(C)
    will be like the heart of a woman in labor.(D)

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21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain(A) because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

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