Isaiah 66:7
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New International Version
"Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son.

New Living Translation
"Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son.

English Standard Version
“Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son.

New American Standard Bible
"Before she travailed, she brought forth; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy.

King James Bible
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Before Zion was in labor, she gave birth; before she was in pain, she delivered a boy.

International Standard Version
"Before she goes into labor she gives birth; before her pains come upon her she has delivered a son.

NET Bible
Before she goes into labor, she gives birth! Before her contractions begin, she delivers a boy!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Before a woman goes into labor, she gives birth. Before she has labor pains, she delivers a child.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

King James 2000 Bible
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

American King James Version
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

American Standard Version
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man-child.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Before she was in labour, she brought forth; before her time came to be delivered, she brought forth a man child.

Darby Bible Translation
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man-child.

English Revised Version
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

Webster's Bible Translation
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a male child.

World English Bible
"Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she delivered a son.

Young's Literal Translation
Before she is pained she hath brought forth, Before a pang cometh to her, She hath delivered a male.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

66:5-14 The prophet turns to those that trembled at God's word, to comfort and encourage them. The Lord will appear, to the joy of the humble believer, and to the confusion of hypocrites and persecutors. When the Spirit was poured out, and the gospel went forth from Zion, multitudes were converted in a little time. The word of God, especially his promises, and ordinances, are the consolations of the church. The true happiness of all Christians is increased by every convert brought to Christ. The gospel brings with it, wherever it is received in its power, such a river of peace, as will carry us to the ocean of boundless and endless bliss. Divine comforts reach the inward man; the joy of the Lord will be the strength of the believer. Both God's mercy and justice shall be manifested, and for ever magnified.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 7, 8. - Before she travailed, etc. Without any long delay, without any labour pains, Zion will bring forth a man-child - a whole nation, which wilt be born at once, and not grow up by slow degrees. The occupation of Jerusalem by the great body of the returned exiles (Ezra 2:1; Ezra 3:1) is intended. Such a second birth of a nation was strange, and without precedent (comp. Isaiah 42:9; Isaiah 43:19). Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? rather, can a land be brought forth in one day? It is not only a people, but a country, that is born anew; not only the Jews, but Judaea.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Before she travailed, she brought forth,.... That is, Zion, as appears from the following verse: lest it should be thought that the interest of Christ would be swallowed up and lost in the destruction of the Jews, this, and what follows, are said concerning the conversion of many of that people, both in the first times of the Gospel, and in the latter day, as well as concerning the calling of the Gentiles, and the uniting of both in one church state. Zion, or the church of God, is here compared to a pregnant woman, that brings forth suddenly and easily, without feeling any pain, or going through any travail, or having any birth throes; at least, feeling very little pain and travail, and having very few pangs, and those, as soon as they come, are gone, and an immediate delivery ensues:

before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child; like a woman before she is scarcely sensible of any pain; as soon as ever she perceives the least uneasiness of this kind, is delivered of a son, to her great joy, and the joy of all about her. This is to be understood, not of the sudden and easy deliverance of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity, by the proclamation of Cyrus, which occasioned great joy; much less of the birth of Christ, of the Virgin Mary at the inn, and in the stable, which is the sense of some Popish interpreters; much better do some Jewish writers interpret it of the birth and appearance of Christ, before the troubles of their nation came on; so the Targum,

"before distress comes to her, she shall be redeemed; and before trembling comes upon her, her King shall be revealed;''

that is, the King Messiah; and so some copies have it, according to Galatinus (r); who also makes mention of another exposition of this passage, by R. Moses Haddarsan, if it may be depended on,

"before he should be born that should bring Israel into the last captivity, the Redeemer should be born;''

that is, as he explains it, before the birth of Titus, who destroyed the temple and city of Jerusalem, the Messiah should be born; but the passage refers not to his natural but mystical birth, or the regeneration of a spiritual seed in his church; or of the conversion of the first Christians both in Judea and in the Gentile world; who were like a man child, strong and robust, able to bear and did endure great hardships for the sake of Christ, and do him much work and service, in which they persevered to the end; see Galatians 4:26, as the first Christians did through various persecutions, until the times of Constantine, by whom they were delivered from them, and who is prophesied of as the church's man child, as in Revelation 12:2.

(r) De Arcan. Cathol. Ver. I. 4. c. 11. p. 219.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. she—Zion.

Before … travailed … brought forth—The accession of numbers, and of prosperity to her, shall be sudden beyond all expectation and unattended with painful effort (Isa 54:1, 4, 5). Contrast with this case of the future Jewish Church the travail-pains of the Christian Church in bringing forth "a man child" (Re 12:2, 5). A man child's birth is in the East a matter of special joy, while that of a female is not so; therefore, it here means the manly sons of the restored Jewish Church, the singular being used collectively for the plural: or the many sons being regarded as one under Messiah, who shall then be manifested as their one representative Head.

Isaiah 66:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rejoice with Jerusalem
7"Before she travailed, she brought forth; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy. 8"Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.…
Cross References
John 16:21
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

Revelation 12:5
She gave birth to a son, a male child, who "will rule all the nations with an iron scepter." And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

Isaiah 37:3
They told him, "This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them.

Isaiah 54:1
"Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband," says the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

Isaiah 54:1 Sing, O barren, you that did not bear; break forth into singing, …

Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Revelation 12:1-5 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with …

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