Genesis 25:22
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New International Version
The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, "Why is this happening to me?" So she went to inquire of the LORD.

New Living Translation
But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the LORD about it. "Why is this happening to me?" she asked.

English Standard Version
The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it is so, why then am I this way?" So she went to inquire of the LORD.

King James Bible
And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the children inside her struggled with each other, and she said, "Why is this happening to me?" So she went to inquire of the LORD.

International Standard Version
But when the infants kept on wrestling each other inside her womb, she asked herself, "Why is this happening?" So she asked the LORD for an explanation.

NET Bible
But the children struggled inside her, and she said, "If it is going to be like this, I'm not so sure I want to be pregnant!" So she asked the LORD,

New Heart English Bible
The children struggled together within her. She said, "If it be so, why do I live?" She went to inquire of the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the children inside her were struggling with each other, she said, "If it's like this now, what will become of me?" So she went to ask the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the children struggled together within her; and she said: 'If it be so, wherefore do I live?' And she went to inquire of the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sons struggled together within her; and she said, If this is so, why should I live? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD.

American King James Version
And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD.

American Standard Version
And the children struggled together within her. And she said, If it be so, wherefore do I live? And she went to inquire of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the children struggled in her womb: and she said: If it were to be so with me, what need was there to conceive? And she went to consult the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If [it be] so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, wherefore do I live? And she went to inquire of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children struggled together within her: and she said, If it is so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD.

World English Bible
The children struggled together within her. She said, "If it be so, why do I live?" She went to inquire of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and the children struggle together within her, and she saith, 'If it is right -- why am I thus?' and she goeth to seek Jehovah.
Study Bible
Jacob and Esau
21Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it is so, why then am I this way?" So she went to inquire of the LORD. 23The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger."…
Cross References
1 Samuel 9:9
(Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he used to say, "Come, and let us go to the seer"; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.)

1 Samuel 10:22
Therefore they inquired further of the LORD, "Has the man come here yet?" So the LORD said, "Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage."
Treasury of Scripture

And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD.

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1 Samuel 9:9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he …

1 Samuel 10:22 Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet …

1 Samuel 22:15 Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? be it far from me: let …

1 Samuel 28:6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither …

1 Samuel 30:8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this …

Ezekiel 20:31 For when you offer your gifts, when you make your sons to pass through …

Ezekiel 36:37 Thus said the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be inquired of by the …

Verse 22. - And the children struggled together within her. The verb is expressive of a violent internal commotion, as if the unborn children had been dashing against one another in her womb. Cf. the story of Acrisius and Praetus, who quarreled before birth about their subsequent dominion (Apollod., II. 2. 1). Vide Rosenmüller, Scholia, in loco. And she said, If it be so, why am I thus? Literally, If so, why thus (am) I? Of obscure import, but probably meaning, "If so," i.e. flit is the case that I have conceived, "for what am I thus?" what is the reason of these unwonted sensations that accompany my pregnancy? Aben Ezra, Calvin, Lange, Murphy); rather than, "If such be the sufferings of pregnancy, why did I seek to conceive?" (Rashi, Rosenmüller), or, why have I conceived? (Vulgate, Onkelos, Bush, Ainsworth), or, why do I yet live? (Syriac, Keil, Kalisch, Delitzsch). And she went to inquire of the Lord. Not by Urim (Bohlen), since this method of inquiring at the Deity did not then exist (Numbers 27:21); but either through a prophet, - Shem (Luther), Melchisedeck (Jewish interpreters), Heber (Lyra); more likely Abraham (Grotius, Ainsworth, Wordsworth, Kalisch, 'Speaker's Commentary'), or Isaac, the prophet nearest her (Lange), - or through herself by prayer, as in Psalm 34:5 (Calvin, Rosenmüller, Lange, Murphy, Inglis). The language seems to imply that by this time there was a regularly-appointed place for the worship of God by prayer and sacrifice - Theodoret suggests the family altar; Delitzsch, Hagar's well. And the children struggled together within her,.... When she was quick with child: this was some time before her delivery, and was not a common and ordinary motion felt by women in such circumstances, but an extraordinary one; the two children in her strove with each other, as if it was for mastery, or who should get out first before the proper time; which not only gave her great uneasiness of mind, but pain of body: this was an emblem of the future difference between those two children, Esau and Jacob, and of the contentions that would be between their respective offspring, and of the enmity and war between good and bad men in all ages, and of the conflict between flesh and spirit in all good men:

and she said, if it be so, why am I thus? that is, either if it be so with me as is not with others in the like condition; for, as Aben Ezra suggests, she had inquired of other women, whether it had ever been so with them, and they replied, no: then, says she, how comes it to pass that it should be different with me from others? or, if those children by struggling should kill one another, or be abortive and kill me, why should I have been so desirous of conception? or prayed for it, as Jarchi observes? or, if so it is, and this will be the case, "why am I thus" (c)? this unhappy woman, to be in such circumstances, to endure so much pain, and to no purpose? why have I conceived and carried my burden so long, and at last cannot be delivered, or bring forth a live child? all my prayers and pains have been in vain:

and she went to inquire of the Lord; to the school of Shem the great, say the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem, and so Jarchi: the Arabic writers say (d), she inquired of Melchizedek; and, according to Aben Ezra, of some prophet, or of Abraham, who lived fifteen years after this event: and indeed, if she inquired of any particular person of note for religion, and as a prophet, there is none so likely as he, who was the friend of God, and had great intimacy with him, and to whom he revealed his secrets. But perhaps no more is meant by it, than that she went either to some proper and private place, and prayed unto the Lord that he would show her the reason of what had happened unto her; or to some public place of worship, and where prayer was wont to be made, and where she inquired by means of such as were engaged therein concerning this matter; see Psalm 73:17.

(c) "eur ego hoc?" Tigurine version, Montanus, Fagius. (d) Patricides, apud Hottinger, Smegma Oriental. p. 335. Abulpharag. Hist. Dynast. p. 15. 25:19-26 Isaac seems not to have been much tried, but to have spent his days in quietness. Jacob and Esau were prayed for; their parents, after being long childless, obtained them by prayer. The fulfilment of God's promise is always sure, yet it is often slow. The faith of believers is tried, their patience exercised, and mercies long waited for are more welcome when they come. Isaac and Rebekah kept in view the promise of all nations being blessed in their posterity, therefore were not only desirous of children, but anxious concerning every thing which seemed to mark their future character. In all our doubts we should inquire of the Lord by prayer. In many of our conflicts with sin and temptation, we may adopt Rebekah's words, If it be so, why am I thus? If a child of God, why so careless or carnal? If not a child of God, why so afraid of, or so burdened with sin?
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