Luke 21:23
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
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.

English Standard Version
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.

Berean Study Bible
How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers! For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath against this people.

Berean Literal Bible
But woe to those having in womb, and to the ones nursing in those days. For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people.

King James Bible
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.

New King James Version
But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.

New American Standard Bible
Woe to those women who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land, and wrath to this people;

NASB 1995
"Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people;

NASB 1977
“Woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babes in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land, and wrath to this people,

Amplified Bible
Woe to those women who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For great trouble and anguish will be on the land, and wrath and retribution on this people [Israel].

Christian Standard Bible
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for there will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for there will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.

American Standard Version
Woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! for there shall be great distress upon the land, and wrath unto this people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But woe to those who are pregnant and those who nurse in those days, for there shall be great suffering in the land and wrath upon this people.

Contemporary English Version
It will be an awful time for women who are expecting babies or nursing young children! Everywhere in the land people will suffer horribly and be punished.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But woe to them that are with child, and give suck in those days; for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

English Revised Version
Woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! for there shall be great distress upon the land, and wrath unto this people.

Good News Translation
How terrible it will be in those days for women who are pregnant and for mothers with little babies! Terrible distress will come upon this land, and God's punishment will fall on this people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How horrible it will be for women who are pregnant or who are nursing babies in those days. Indeed, the land will suffer very hard times, and its people will be punished.

International Standard Version
"How terrible it will be for those women who are pregnant or who are nursing babies in those days!—because there will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.

Literal Standard Version
And woe to those with child, and to those giving suck, in those days; for there will be great distress on the land, and wrath on this people;

NET Bible
Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people.

New Heart English Bible
Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who nurse infants in those days. For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath to this people.

Weymouth New Testament
"Alas for the women who at that time are with child or who have infants; for there will be great distress in the land, and anger towards this People.

World English Bible
Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who nurse infants in those days! For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath to this people.

Young's Literal Translation
'And woe to those with child, and to those giving suck, in those days; for there shall be great distress on the land, and wrath on this people;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Destruction of Jerusalem
22For these are the days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers! For there will be great distress upon the land and wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations. And Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.…

Cross References
Daniel 8:19
and said, "Behold, I will make known to you what will happen in the latter time of wrath, because it concerns the appointed time of the end.

Matthew 21:16
"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked. "Yes," Jesus answered. "Have you never read: 'From the mouths of children and infants You have ordained praise'?"

Luke 23:29
Look, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore, and breasts that never nursed!'

1 Corinthians 7:26
Because of the present crisis, I think it is good for a man to remain as he is.


Treasury of Scripture

But woe to 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 on this people.

woe.

Luke 23:29
For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.

Deuteronomy 28:56,57
The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, …

Lamentations 4:10
The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

great.

Luke 19:27,43
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me…

Matthew 21:41,44
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons…

1 Thessalonians 2:16
Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.









(23) Great distress in the land.--Literally, great need, or necessity. The word, which St. Luke uses as an equivalent for "tribulation," is not found in the other Gospels in this sense. It is, however, so used by St. Paul (1Corinthians 7:26; 2Corinthians 6:4; 2Corinthians 12:10; 1Thessalonians 3:7).



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
How miserable
Οὐαὶ (Ouai)
Interjection
Strong's 3759: Woe!, alas!, uttered in grief or denunciation. A primary exclamation of grief; 'woe'.

those
ἐκείναις (ekeinais)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 1565: That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.

days [will be]
ἡμέραις (hēmerais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

[for] pregnant
ἐχούσαις (echousais)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

nursing [mothers].
θηλαζούσαις (thēlazousais)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 2337: (a) I give suck, (b) I suck. From thele; to suckle, to suck.

For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

there will be
ἔσται (estai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

great
μεγάλη (megalē)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

distress
ἀνάγκη (anankē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 318: From ana and the base of agkale; constraint; by implication, distress.

upon
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

land
γῆς (gēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1093: Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

wrath
ὀργὴ (orgē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3709: From oregomai; properly, desire, i.e., violent passion (justifiable) abhorrence); by implication punishment.

against
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

this
τούτῳ (toutō)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

people.
λαῷ (laō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2992: Apparently a primary word; a people.


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