New American Standard Bible
Give them, O LORD-- what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
King James Bible
Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
Darby Bible Translation
Give them, Jehovah what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
World English Bible
Give them--Yahweh what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
Young's Literal Translation
Give to them, Jehovah -- what dost Thou give? Give to them miscarrying womb, and dry breasts.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Give them a miscarrying womb - The prophet prays for Israel, and debates with himself what he can ask for, amid this their determined wickedness, and God's judgments. Since "Ephraim" was "to bring forth children to the murderer," then it was mercy to ask for them, that they might have no children. Since such are the evils which await their children, grant them, O Lord, as a blessing, the sorrows of barrenness. What God had before pronounced as a punishment, should, as compared to other evils, be a mercy, and an object of prayer. So our Lord pronounces as to the destruction of Jerusalem. "Behold the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps that never gave suck" Luke 23:29. "O unhappy fruitfulness and fruitful unhappiness, compared with which, barrenness, which among them was accounted a curse, became blessedness."
^D John I. 1-18. ^d 1 In the beginning was the Word [a title for Jesus peculiar to the apostle John], and the Word was with God [not going before nor coming after God, but with Him at the beginning], and the Word was God. [Not more, not less.] 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him [the New Testament often speaks of Christ as the Creator--see ver. 10; I. Cor. viii. 6; Col. i. 13, 17; Heb. i. 2]; and without him was not anything made that hath been made. [This …
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel
"There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird-- No birth, no pregnancy and no conception!
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