Matthew 24:8
New International Version
All these are the beginning of birth pains.

New Living Translation
But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

English Standard Version
All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

Berean Study Bible
All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Berean Literal Bible
And all these are the beginning of birth pains.

New American Standard Bible
"But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

King James Bible
All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Christian Standard Bible
All these events are the beginning of labor pains.

Contemporary English Version
But this is just the beginning of troubles.

Good News Translation
All these things are like the first pains of childbirth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All these events are the beginning of birth pains.

International Standard Version
But all these things are only the beginning of the birth pains."

NET Bible
All these things are the beginning of birth pains.

New Heart English Bible
But all these things are the beginning of birth pains.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But all these things are the beginning of sorrows.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All of these are only the beginning pains [of the end].

New American Standard 1977
“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All these are the beginning of sorrows.

King James 2000 Bible
All these are the beginning of sorrows.

American King James Version
All these are the beginning of sorrows.

American Standard Version
But all these things are the beginning of travail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows.

Darby Bible Translation
But all these [are the] beginning of throes.

English Revised Version
But all these things are the beginning of travail.

Webster's Bible Translation
All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Weymouth New Testament
but all these miseries are but like the early pains of childbirth.

World English Bible
But all these things are the beginning of birth pains.

Young's Literal Translation
and all these are the beginning of sorrows;
Study Bible
Signs of the End of the Age
7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains. 9Then they will deliver you over to be persecuted and killed, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name.…
Cross References
Hosea 13:13
Labor pains come upon him, but he is an unwise son. When the time has arrived, he does not present himself at the opening of the womb.

Mark 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, as well as famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

Luke 21:12
But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. On account of My name, they will deliver you to the synagogues and prisons, and they will bring you before kings and governors.

James 5:1
Come now, you who are rich, weep and wail for the misery to come upon you.

Treasury of Scripture

All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Leviticus 26:18-29
And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins…

Deuteronomy 28:59
Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.

Isaiah 9:12,17,21
The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still…







Lexicon
All
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

these [are]
ταῦτα (tauta)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

[the] beginning
ἀρχὴ (archē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 746: From archomai; a commencement, or chief.

of birth pains.
ὠδίνων (ōdinōn)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5604: The pain of childbirth, acute pain, severe agony, a snare. Akin to odune; a pang or throe, especially of childbirth.
(8) The beginning of sorrows.--The words mean strictly, the beginning of travail pangs. The troubles through which the world passes are thought of as issuing in a "new birth"--the "regeneration" of Matthew 19:28. So St. Paul speaks of the whole creation as "travailing in pain together" (Romans 8:22). So a time of national suffering and perplexity is one in which "the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth" (Isaiah 37:3).

Verse 8. - Beginning of sorrows; ὠδίνων: labour pangs, travailings. The metaphor often occurs (see Isaiah 26:17; Jeremiah 13:21; Hosea 13:13, etc). These great events are called "labour pangs" because they usher in the new creation, "the regeneration" spoken of in Matthew 19:28 (see note there). St. Paul writes (Romans 8:22), "The whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." The tribulations and calamities which preceded and accompanied the overthrow of the Jewish polity are a sign and warning of the great and universal woes Which shall herald the day of judgment. Jewish writings speak of "the sorrows of Messiah," distresses, wars, famine, dissension, etc., which should herald his advent, and Christ may have used the popular opinion, true as far as it went, as a vehicle for conveying the further truth, that the coming age would be produced amid terrible agonies of men, peoples, and nature. 24:4-28 The disciples had asked concerning the times, When these things should be? Christ gave them no answer to that; but they had also asked, What shall be the sign? This question he answers fully. The prophecy first respects events near at hand, the destruction of Jerusalem, the end of the Jewish church and state, the calling of the Gentiles, and the setting up of Christ's kingdom in the world; but it also looks to the general judgment; and toward the close, points more particularly to the latter. What Christ here said to his disciples, tended more to promote caution than to satisfy their curiosity; more to prepare them for the events that should happen, than to give a distinct idea of the events. This is that good understanding of the times which all should covet, thence to infer what Israel ought to do. Our Saviour cautions his disciples to stand on their guard against false teachers. And he foretells wars and great commotions among nations. From the time that the Jews rejected Christ, and he left their house desolate, the sword never departed from them. See what comes of refusing the gospel. Those who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear the messengers of war. But where the heart is fixed, trusting in God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. It is against the mind of Christ, that his people should have troubled hearts, even in troublous times. When we looked forward to the eternity of misery that is before the obstinate refusers of Christ and his gospel, we may truly say, The greatest earthly judgments are but the beginning of sorrows. It is comforting that some shall endure even to the end. Our Lord foretells the preaching of the gospel in all the world. The end of the world shall not be till the gospel has done its work. Christ foretells the ruin coming upon the people of the Jews; and what he said here, would be of use to his disciples, for their conduct and for their comfort. If God opens a door of escape, we ought to make our escape, otherwise we do not trust God, but tempt him. It becomes Christ's disciples, in times of public trouble, to be much in prayer: that is never out of season, but in a special manner seasonable when we are distressed on every side. Though we must take what God sends, yet we may pray against sufferings; and it is very trying to a good man, to be taken by any work of necessity from the solemn service and worship of God on the sabbath day. But here is one word of comfort, that for the elect's sake these days shall be made shorter than their enemies designed, who would have cut all off, if God, who used these foes to serve his own purpose, had not set bounds to their wrath. Christ foretells the rapid spreading of the gospel in the world. It is plainly seen as the lightning. Christ preached his gospel openly. The Romans were like an eagle, and the ensign of their armies was an eagle. When a people, by their sin, make themselves as loathsome carcasses, nothing can be expected but that God should send enemies to destroy them. It is very applicable to the day of judgment, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in that day, 2Th 2:1. Let us give diligence to make our calling and election sure; then may we know that no enemy or deceiver shall ever prevail against us.
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