Isaiah 26:17
New International Version
As a pregnant woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, LORD.

New Living Translation
Just as a pregnant woman writhes and cries out in pain as she gives birth, so were we in your presence, LORD.

English Standard Version
Like a pregnant woman who writhes and cries out in her pangs when she is near to giving birth, so were we because of you, O LORD;

Berean Study Bible
As a woman with child about to give birth writhes and cries out in pain, so were we in Your presence, O LORD.

King James Bible
Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

New King James Version
As a woman with child Is in pain and cries out in her pangs, When she draws near the time of her delivery, So have we been in Your sight, O LORD.

New American Standard Bible
As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth, She writhes and cries out in her labor pains; This is how we were before You, LORD.

NASB 1995
As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth, She writhes and cries out in her labor pains, Thus were we before You, O LORD.

NASB 1977
As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth, She writhes and cries out in her labor pains, Thus were we before Thee, O LORD.

Amplified Bible
As a woman with child approaches the time to give birth, She is in pain and struggles and cries out in her labor, So we were before You, O LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
As a pregnant woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so we were before you, LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As a pregnant woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so we were before You, LORD.

American Standard Version
Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain and crieth out in her pangs; so we have been before thee, O Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As a pregnant woman that is near to give birth and is in labor, and cries out in her labor pains, in this way they were in your presence, LORD JEHOVAH

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And as a woman in travail draws nigh to be delivered, and cries out in her pain; so have we been to thy beloved.

Contemporary English Version
Because of what you did to us, we suffered like a woman about to give birth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a woman with child, when she draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs: so are we become in thy presence, O Lord.

English Revised Version
Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been before thee, O LORD.

Good News Translation
You, LORD, have made us cry out, as a woman in labor cries out in pain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, when we are with you, we are like pregnant women ready to give birth. They writhe and cry out in their labor pains.

International Standard Version
Just as a pregnant woman writhes and cries out during her labor when she is about to give birth, so were we because of you, LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, Is in pain and crieth out in her pangs; So have we been at Thy presence, O LORD.

Literal Standard Version
When a pregnant woman comes near to the birth, She is pained—she cries in her pangs, So we have been from Your face, O YHWH.

NET Bible
As when a pregnant woman gets ready to deliver and strains and cries out because of her labor pains, so were we because of you, O LORD.

New Heart English Bible
Like as a woman with child, who draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain and cries out in her pangs; so we have been before you, LORD.

World English Bible
Like as a woman with child, who draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain and cries out in her pangs; so we have been before you, Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
When a pregnant woman cometh near to the birth, She is pained -- she crieth in her pangs, So we have been from Thy face, O Jehovah.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Song of Trust in God's Provision
16O LORD, they sought You in their distress; when You disciplined them, they poured out a quiet prayer. 17As a woman with child about to give birth writhes and cries out in pain, so were we in Your presence, O LORD. 18We were with child; we writhed in pain; but we gave birth to wind. We have given no salvation to the earth, nor brought any life into the world.…

Cross References
John 16:21
A woman has pain in childbirth because her time has come; but when she brings forth her child, she forgets her anguish because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.

Revelation 12:2
She was pregnant and crying out in the pain and agony of giving birth.

Isaiah 13:8
Terror, pain, and anguish will seize them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look at one another, their faces flushed with fear.

Isaiah 21:3
Therefore my body is filled with anguish. Pain grips me, like the pains of a woman in labor. I am bewildered to hear, I am dismayed to see.

Isaiah 37:3
to tell him, "This is what Hezekiah says: Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace; for children have come to the point of birth, but there is no strength to deliver them.


Treasury of Scripture

Like as a woman with child, that draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and cries out in her pangs; so have we been in your sight, O LORD.

Isaiah 13:8
And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

Isaiah 21:3
Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

Psalm 48:6
Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.









(17) Like as a woman with child.--This, as in Matthew 24:8, John 16:21, comes as the most natural image of longing, painful expectation, followed by great joy.

Verse 17. - Like as a woman with child (comp. Isaiah 13:8; Isaiah 21:3). Isaiah uses the metaphor to express any severe pain combined with anxiety. So have we been in thy sight; rather, so have we been at thy presence. When thou wert visiting us in anger, and laying thy chastisements upon us.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
As
כְּמ֤וֹ (kə·mōw)
Preposition
Strong's 3644: Like, as, when

a woman with child
הָרָה֙ (hā·rāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 2030: Pregnant

[and] about
תַּקְרִ֣יב (taq·rîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7126: To come near, approach

to give birth
לָלֶ֔דֶת (lā·le·ḏeṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage

writhes
תָּחִ֥יל (tā·ḥîl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2342: To twist, whirl, to dance, to writhe in pain, fear, to wait, to pervert

and cries out
תִּזְעַ֖ק (tiz·‘aq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2199: To shriek, to announce, convene publicly

in pain,
בַּחֲבָלֶ֑יהָ (ba·ḥă·ḇā·le·hā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 2256: A rope, a measuring line, a district, inheritance, a noose, a company, a throe, ruin

that is how
כֵּ֛ן (kên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

we were
הָיִ֥ינוּ (hā·yî·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

in Your presence,
מִפָּנֶ֖יךָ (mip·pā·ne·ḵā)
Preposition-m | Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face

O LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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