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

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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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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

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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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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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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The Destiny of Jerusalem

21 What will you say when he appoints
close friends as leaders over you,
ones you yourself trained?
Won’t labor pains seize you,(A)
as they do a woman in labor?

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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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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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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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Footnotes

  1. 4:10 Hb obscure

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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