Luke 21:23
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New International Version
How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.

New Living Translation
How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people.

English Standard Version
Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people.

Berean Study Bible
How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers. For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath against this people.

Berean Literal Bible
But woe to those having in womb, and to the ones nursing in those days. For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people.

New American Standard Bible
"Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people;

King James Bible
But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for there will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.

International Standard Version
"How terrible it will be for those women who are pregnant or who are nursing babies in those days!—because there will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.

NET Bible
Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people.

New Heart English Bible
Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who nurse infants in those days. For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath to this people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But woe to those who are pregnant and those who nurse in those days, for there shall be great suffering in the land and wrath upon this people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How horrible it will be for women who are pregnant or who are nursing babies in those days. Indeed, the land will suffer very hard times, and its people will be punished.

New American Standard 1977
“Woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babes in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land, and wrath to this people,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But woe unto those that are with child and to those that give suck in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.

King James 2000 Bible
But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that nurse children, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

American King James Version
But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath on this people.

American Standard Version
Woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! for there shall be great distress upon the land, and wrath unto this people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But woe to them that are with child, and give suck in those days; for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Darby Bible Translation
But woe to them that are with child and to them who give suck in those days, for there shall be great distress upon the land and wrath upon this people.

English Revised Version
Woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! for there shall be great distress upon the land, and wrath unto this people.

Webster's Bible Translation
But woe to them that are with child, and to them that nurse infants in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Weymouth New Testament
"Alas for the women who at that time are with child or who have infants; for there will be great distress in the land, and anger towards this People.

World English Bible
Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who nurse infants in those days! For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath to this people.

Young's Literal Translation
'And woe to those with child, and to those giving suck, in those days; for there shall be great distress on the land, and wrath on this people;
Study Bible
The Destruction of Jerusalem
22For these are the days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers. For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations. And Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.…
Cross References
Daniel 8:19
He said, "Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.

Matthew 21:16
"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked. "Yes," Jesus answered, "have you never read: 'From the mouths of children and infants You have ordained praise'?"

Luke 23:29
Look, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore, and breasts that never nursed.'

1 Corinthians 7:26
Because of the present crisis, I think it is good for a man to remain as he is.
Treasury of Scripture

But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath on this people.

woe.

Luke 23:29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed …

Deuteronomy 28:56,57 The tender and delicate woman among you…

Lamentations 4:10 The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they …

Hebrews 9:12-17 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

Matthew 24:19 And woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Mark 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

great.

Luke 19:27,43 But those my enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, …

Matthew 21:41,44 They say to him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and …

1 Thessalonians 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, …

Hebrews 10:26-31 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

James 5:1 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

(23) Great distress in the land.--Literally, great need, or necessity. The word, which St. Luke uses as an equivalent for "tribulation," is not found in the other Gospels in this sense. It is, however, so used by St. Paul (1Corinthians 7:26; 2Corinthians 6:4; 2Corinthians 12:10; 1Thessalonians 3:7).

But woe unto them that are with-child,.... See Gill on Matthew 24:19.

For there shall be great distress in the land; of Judea. The Greek word here used, properly signifies "necessity", but here intends afflictions and distress; in which sense it is often used by the Septuagint, as in Psalm 107:6 and it is also by the Targumists adopted into their language, and used in the same sense (d): and indeed, the distress was very great, and such a time of tribulation, as was never known since the beginning of the world, nor never will be the like; what with the enemy without, and their seditions and divisions within, the robberies, murders, and famine, which prevailed and abounded, their miseries are not to be expressed:

and wrath upon this people; of the Jews; even the wrath of God, as well as of man, which came upon them to the uttermost; and their own historian observes, that God, who had condemned the people, turned every way of salvation to their destruction (e).

(d) Vid. Targum in Genesis 22.14. & xxxviii. 25. & Targum Sheni in Esth. v. 1.((e) Joseph. de Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 15. 23. woe unto—"alas for."

with child, etc.—from the greater suffering it would involve; as also "flight in winter, and on the sabbath," which they were to "pray" against (Mt 24:20), the one as more trying to the body, the other to the soul. "For then shall be tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world, nor ever shall be"—language not unusual in the Old Testament for tremendous calamities, though of this it may perhaps be literally said, "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved, but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened" (Mt 24:21, 22). But for this merciful "shortening," brought about by a remarkable concurrence of causes, the whole nation would have perished, in which there yet remained a remnant to be afterwards gathered out. Here in Matthew and Mark (Mt 24:24; Mr 13:22) are some particulars about "false Christs," who should, "if possible"—a precious clause—"deceive the very elect." (Compare 2Th 2:9-11; Re 13:13.)21:5-28 With much curiosity those about Christ ask as to the time when the great desolation should be. He answers with clearness and fulness, as far as was necessary to teach them their duty; for all knowledge is desirable as far as it is in order to practice. Though spiritual judgements are the most common in gospel times, yet God makes use of temporal judgments also. Christ tells them what hard things they should suffer for his name's sake, and encourages them to bear up under their trials, and to go on in their work, notwithstanding the opposition they would meet with. God will stand by you, and own you, and assist you. This was remarkably fulfilled after the pouring out of the Spirit, by whom Christ gave his disciples wisdom and utterance. Though we may be losers for Christ, we shall not, we cannot be losers by him, in the end. It is our duty and interest at all times, especially in perilous, trying times, to secure the safety of our own souls. It is by Christian patience we keep possession of our own souls, and keep out all those impressions which would put us out of temper. We may view the prophecy before us much as those Old Testament prophecies, which, together with their great object, embrace, or glance at some nearer object of importance to the church. Having given an idea of the times for about thirty-eight years next to come, Christ shows what all those things would end in, namely, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the utter dispersion of the Jewish nation; which would be a type and figure of Christ's second coming. The scattered Jews around us preach the truth of Christianity; and prove, that though heaven and earth shall pass away, the words of Jesus shall not pass away. They also remind us to pray for those times when neither the real, nor the spiritual Jerusalem, shall any longer be trodden down by the Gentiles, and when both Jews and Gentiles shall be turned to the Lord. When Christ came to destroy the Jews, he came to redeem the Christians that were persecuted and oppressed by them; and then had the churches rest. When he comes to judge the world, he will redeem all that are his from their troubles. So fully did the Divine judgements come upon the Jews, that their city is set as an example before us, to show that sins will not pass unpunished; and that the terrors of the Lord, and his threatenings against impenitent sinners, will all come to pass, even as his word was true, and his wrath great upon Jerusalem.
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