Jeremiah 50:43
New International Version
The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped him, pain like that of a woman in labor.

New Living Translation
The king of Babylon has heard reports about the enemy, and he is weak with fright. Pangs of anguish have gripped him, like those of a woman in labor.

English Standard Version
“The king of Babylon heard the report of them, and his hands fell helpless; anguish seized him, pain as of a woman in labor.

Berean Study Bible
The king of Babylon has heard the report, and his hands hang limp. Distress has seized him, pain like that of a woman in labor.

New American Standard Bible
"The king of Babylon has heard the report about them, And his hands hang limp; Distress has gripped him, Agony like a woman in childbirth.

King James Bible
The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

Christian Standard Bible
The king of Babylon has heard about them; his hands have become weak. Distress has seized him--pain, like a woman in labor.

Contemporary English Version
Ever since your king heard about this army, he has been weak with fear; he twists and turns in pain like a woman giving birth.

Good News Translation
The king of Babylonia hears the news, and his hands hang limp. He is seized by anguish, by pain like a woman in labor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands fall helpless. Distress has seized him-- pain, like a woman in labor.

International Standard Version
The king of Babylon has heard the news about them, and his hands hang limp. Distress has seized him, like a woman in labor.

NET Bible
The king of Babylon will become paralyzed with fear when he hears news of their coming. Anguish will grip him, agony like that of a woman giving birth to a baby.

New Heart English Bible
The king of Babylon has heard the news of them, and his hands wax feeble: anguish has taken hold of him, pains as of a woman in labor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and he loses courage. Anguish will grip him as pain grips a woman in labor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The king of Babylon hath heard the fame of them, And his hands wax feeble; Anguish hath taken hold of him, And pain, as of a woman in travail.

New American Standard 1977
“The king of Babylon has heard the report about them, And his hands hang limp; Distress has gripped him, Agony like a woman in childbirth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The king of Babylon has heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble; anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

King James 2000 Bible
The king of Babylon has heard the report of them, and his hands grew feeble: anguish took hold of him, and birth pangs as of a woman in travail.

American King James Version
The king of Babylon has heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

American Standard Version
The king of Babylon hath heard the tidings of them, and his hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The king of Babylon heard the sound of them, and his hands were enfeebled: anguish overcame him, pangs as of a woman in travail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands are grown feeble: anguish hath taken hold of him, pangs as a, woman in labour.

Darby Bible Translation
The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands wax feeble; trouble hath taken hold of him, pangs as of a woman in travail.

English Revised Version
The king of Babylon hath heard the fame of them, and his hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

Webster's Bible Translation
The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands became feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

World English Bible
The king of Babylon has heard the news of them, and his hands wax feeble: anguish has taken hold of him, [and] pangs as of a woman in travail.

Young's Literal Translation
Heard hath the king of Babylon their report, And feeble have been his hands, Distress hath seized him; pain as a travailing woman.
Study Bible
The Destruction of Babylon
42They grasp the bow and javelin. They are cruel and without mercy. Their voice roars like the sea, and they ride on horses, lined up like men in battle formation against you, O Daughter of Babylon. 43The king of Babylon has heard the report, and his hands hang limp. Distress has seized him, pain like that of a woman in labor. 44Behold, one will come like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan to the watered pasture. For in an instant I will chase Babylon from her land. Who is the chosen one I will appoint over her? For who is like Me, and who can challenge Me? What shepherd can stand against Me?”…
Cross References
Jeremiah 6:24
"We have heard the reports; our hands are limp. Anguish has gripped us, pain like a woman in labor.

Jeremiah 30:6
Ask and see: Can a male 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?

Jeremiah 49:24
Damascus has become feeble; she has turned to flee. Panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her like a woman in labor.

Jeremiah 51:31
One courier races to meet another, and messenger follows messenger, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end.

Treasury of Scripture

The king of Babylon has heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

king

Jeremiah 51:31
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,

Isaiah 13:6-8
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty…

Isaiah 21:3,4
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

pangs

Jeremiah 49:22,24
Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs…







Lexicon
The king
מֶֽלֶךְ־ (me·leḵ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

of Babylon
בָּבֶ֛ל (bā·ḇel)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 894: Babylon -- an eastern Mediterranean empire and its capital city

has heard
שָׁמַ֧ע (šā·ma‘)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

the report,
שִׁמְעָ֖ם (šim·‘ām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8088: Something heard, a sound, rumor, announcement, audience

and his hands
יָדָ֑יו (yā·ḏāw)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

hang limp.
וְרָפ֣וּ (wə·rā·p̄ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7503: Sink, relax

Distress
צָרָה֙ (ṣā·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6869: Tightness, a female rival

has seized him,
הֶחֱזִיקַ֔תְהוּ (he·ḥĕ·zî·qaṯ·hū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2388: To fasten upon, to seize, be strong, obstinate, to bind, restrain, conquer

pain
חִ֖יל (ḥîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2427: A writhing, anguish

like that of a woman in labor.
כַּיּוֹלֵדָֽה׃ (kay·yō·w·lê·ḏāh)
Preposition-k, Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage
50:33-46 It is Israel's comfort in distress, that, though they are weak, their Redeemer is strong. This may be applied to believers, who complain of the dominion of sin and corruption, and of their own weakness and manifold infirmities. Their Redeemer is able to keep what they commit to him; and sin shall not have dominion over them. He will give them that rest which remains for the people of God. Also here is Babylon's sin, and their punishment. The sins are, idolatry and persecution. He that will not save his people in their sins, never will countenance the wickedness of his open enemies. The judgments of God for these sins will lay them waste. In the judgments denounced against prosperous Babylon, and the mercies promised to afflicted Israel, we learn to choose to suffer affliction with the people of God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.
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