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Luke 21:23

23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.

Read Luke 21:23 Using Other Translations

But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people.
How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people.

What does Luke 21:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 21:23

But woe unto them that are with-child
(See Gill on Matthew 24:19).

For there shall be great distress in the land;
of Judea. The Greek word (anagkh) , here used, properly signifies "necessity", but here intends afflictions and distress; in which sense it is often used by the Septuagint, as in ( Psalms 107:6 Psalms 107:13 Psalms 107:19 Psalms 107:28 ) ( 119:143 ) ( Jeremiah 9:15 ) and it is also by the Targumists adopted into their language, and used in the same sense F4: and indeed, the distress was very great, and such a time of tribulation, as was never known since the beginning of the world, nor never will be the like; what with the enemy without, and their seditions and divisions within, the robberies, murders, and famine, which prevailed and abounded, their miseries are not to be expressed:

and wrath upon this people;
of the Jews; even the wrath of God, as well as of man, which came upon them to the uttermost; and their own historian observes, that God, who had condemned the people, turned every way of salvation to their destruction F5.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 Vid. Targum in Gen xxii. 14. & xxxviii. 25. & Targum Sheni in Esth. v. 1.
F5 Joseph. de Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 15.
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