Isaiah 26:17

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

Read Isaiah 26:17 Using Other Translations

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

What does Isaiah 26:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 26:17

Like as a woman with child
By this simile are set forth the great distresses and afflictions the church of Christ will be in, before redemption and deliverance from the antichristian yoke comes: [that] draweth near the time of her delivery;
when her burden is great and very troublesome: [is] in pain, [and] crieth out in her pangs;
for her friends to come about her, and give her all the help and assistance they can: so have we been in thy sight, O Lord;
in great distress and trouble, and crying to him for salvation and deliverance, all which were well known unto him.

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