they saw her and were astounded;
    they fled in terror.(A)
Trembling seized(B) them there,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.(C)

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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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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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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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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 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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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)

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Footnotes

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

15 But women[a] will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love(A) and holiness with propriety.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 2:15 Greek she

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