Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.…
It is perfectly sufficient to understand the parturition as a figure for the whole eventful crisis of the change of dispensations, and the consequent change in the condition of the Church. This indestructible ideal person, when she might have seemed to be reduced to nothing by the defection of the natural Israel, is vastly and suddenly augmented by the introduction of the Gentiles, a succession of events which is here most appropriately represented as the birth of a male child without the pains of child-birth.
(J. A. Alexander.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.