John 16:21
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English Standard Version
When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

King James Bible
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

American Standard Version
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but when she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for the joy that a man is born into the world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

English Revised Version
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but when she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for the joy that a man is born into the world.

Webster's Bible Translation
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

Weymouth New Testament
A woman, when she is in labour, has sorrow, because her time has come. But when she has given birth to the babe, she no longer remembers the pain, because of her joy at a child being born into the world.

John 16:21 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

A woman (ἡ γυνὴ)

Literally, the woman. The generic article marking the woman as representing her sex: woman as such.

She is in travail

A common Old Testament image of sorrow issuing in joy. See Isaiah 21:3; Isaiah 26:17; Isaiah 66:7; Hosea 13:13; Micah 4:9, Micah 4:10.

The anguish (τῆς θλίψεως)

Commonly rendered affliction or tribulation in A.V. See on Matthew 13:21.

Joy (τὴν χαρὰν)

Properly, the joy which answers to the anguish.

A man (ἄνθρωπος)

See on John 1:30.

John 16:21 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

woman.

Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children...

Isaiah 26:16-18 LORD, in trouble have they visited you, they poured out a prayer when your chastening was on them...

Jeremiah 30:6,7 Ask you now, and see whether a man does travail with child? why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail...

Hosea 13:13,14 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come on him: he is an unwise son...

Micah 4:10 Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shall you go forth out of the city...

Revelation 12:2-5 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered...

for.

Genesis 21:6,7 And Sarah said, God has made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me...

Genesis 30:23,24 And she conceived, and bore a son; and said, God has taken away my reproach...

1 Samuel 1:26,27 And she said, Oh my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by you here, praying to the LORD...

Psalm 113:9 He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise you the LORD.

Luke 1:57,58 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son...

Galatians 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, you barren that bore not; break forth and cry, you that travail not...

Cross References
Genesis 3:16
To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you."

Isaiah 13:8
They will be dismayed: pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame.

Isaiah 21:3
Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see.

Isaiah 26:17
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;

Isaiah 66:7
"Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son.

Hosea 13:13
The pangs of childbirth come for him, but he is an unwise son, for at the right time he does not present himself at the opening of the womb.

Micah 4:9
Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counselor perished, that pain seized you like a woman in labor?

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