They will be (A)terrified,
Pains and anguish will take hold of them;
They will (B)writhe like a woman in labor,
They will look at one another in astonishment,
Their faces aflame.

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For this reason my (A)loins are full of anguish;
Pains have seized me like the pains of a (B)woman in labor.
I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.

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17 (A)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.

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“Before she travailed, (A)she brought forth;
Before her pain came, (B)she gave birth to a boy.

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13 The pains of (A)childbirth come upon him;
He is (B)not a wise son,
For [a]it is not the time that he should (C)delay at the opening of the womb.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 13:13 Lit it is the time that he should not tarry at the breaking forth of children

“Now, why do you (A)cry out loudly?
Is there no king among you,
Or has your (B)counselor perished,
That agony has gripped you like a woman in childbirth?

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While they are saying, “(A)Peace and safety!” then [a](B)destruction [b]will come upon them suddenly like (C)labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Or sudden destruction
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Lit comes upon

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