Trembling seized them there,
agony like that of a woman in labor,(A)

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

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They will be horrified;
pain and agony will seize them;
they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.(A)
They will look at each other,
their faces flushed with fear.

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Terror(A) will seize them,
    pain and anguish will grip(B) them;
    they will writhe like a woman in labor.(C)
They will look aghast at each other,
    their faces aflame.(D)

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Therefore I am[a] filled with anguish.
Pain grips me, like the pain of a woman in labor.(A)
I am too perplexed to hear,
too dismayed to see.

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Footnotes

  1. 21:3 Lit my waist is, or my insides are

At this my body is racked with pain,(A)
    pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;(B)
I am staggered by what I hear,
    I am bewildered(C) by what I see.

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14 “I have kept silent from ages past;
I have been quiet and restrained myself.(A)
But now, I will groan like a woman in labor,(B)
gasping breathlessly.

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14 “For a long time I have kept silent,(A)
    I have been quiet and held myself back.(B)
But now, like a woman in childbirth,
    I cry out, I gasp and pant.(C)

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31 I hear a cry like a woman in labor,(A)
a cry of anguish like one bearing her first child.
The cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath,
stretching out her hands:(B)
“Woe is me, for my life is weary
because of the murderers!”

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31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor,(A)
    a groan as of one bearing her first child—
the cry of Daughter Zion(B) gasping for breath,(C)
    stretching out her hands(D) and saying,
“Alas! I am fainting;
    my life is given over to murderers.”(E)

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24 We have heard about it,
and our hands have become weak.
Distress has seized us—
pain, like a woman in labor.(A)

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24 We have heard reports about them,
    and our hands hang limp.(A)
Anguish(B) has gripped us,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.(C)

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23 You residents of Lebanon,
nestled among the cedars,
how you will groan[a] when pains come on you,
agony like a woman in labor.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 22:23 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads will be pitied

23 You who live in ‘Lebanon,[a](A)
    who are nestled in cedar buildings,
how you will groan when pangs come upon you,
    pain(B) like that of a woman in labor!

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  1. Jeremiah 22:23 That is, the palace in Jerusalem (see 1 Kings 7:2)

Ask and see
whether a male can give birth.
Why then do I see every man
with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor
and every face turned pale?(A)

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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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43 The king of Babylon has heard about them;
his hands have become weak.
Distress has seized him—
pain, like a woman in labor.(A)

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43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them,
    and his hands hang limp.(A)
Anguish has gripped him,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.(B)

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From Exile to Victory

Now, why are you shouting loudly?(A)
Is there no king with you?
Has your counselor perished(B)
so that anguish grips you like a woman in labor?
10 Writhe and cry out,[a](C) Daughter Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for now you will leave the city(D)
and camp in the open fields.
You will go to Babylon;
there you will be rescued;(E)
there the Lord will redeem you(F)
from the grasp of your enemies!

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  1. 4:10 Hb obscure

Why do you now cry aloud—
    have you no king[a](A)?
Has your ruler[b] perished,
    that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?(B)
10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion,
    like a woman in labor,
for now you must leave the city
    to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon;(C)
    there you will be rescued.
There the Lord will redeem(D) you
    out of the hand of your enemies.

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 4:9 Or King
  2. Micah 4:9 Or Ruler

When they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction(A) will come upon them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

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