17 (A)Like a pregnant woman
    who writhes and cries out in her pangs
    when she is near to giving birth,
so were we because of you, O Lord;

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31 For I heard (A)a cry as of a woman in labor,
    anguish as of one giving birth to her first child,
the cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath,
    (B)stretching out her hands,
“Woe is me! I am fainting before murderers.”

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24 We have heard the report of it;
    (A)our hands fall helpless;
anguish has taken hold of us,
    (B)pain as of a woman in labor.

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Now why do you cry aloud?
    (A)Is there no king in you?
(B)Has your counselor perished,
    that (C)pain seized you like a woman in labor?
10 (D)Writhe and groan,[a] O daughter of Zion,
    like a woman in labor,
for (E)now you shall go out from the city
    and dwell in the open country;
    you (F)shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued;
    (G)there the Lord will redeem you
    from the hand of your enemies.

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 4:10 Or push

21 (A)When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

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