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Psalm 48:6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Trembling seized them there,
agony like that of a woman in labor,

Isaiah 13:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

They will be horrified;
pain and agony will seize them;
they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.
They will look at each other,
their faces flushed with fear.

Isaiah 21:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Therefore I am[a] filled with anguish.
Pain grips me, like the pain of a woman in labor.
I am too perplexed to hear,
too dismayed to see.


  1. Isaiah 21:3 Lit Therefore my loins are

Isaiah 42:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 “I have kept silent from ages past;
I have been quiet and restrained Myself.
But now, I will groan like a woman in labor,
gasping breathlessly.

Jeremiah 6:24 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

24 We have heard about it,
and we are discouraged.[a]
Distress has seized us—
pain like a woman in labor.


  1. Jeremiah 6:24 Lit and our hands fail

Jeremiah 13:21 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Destiny of Jerusalem

21 What will you say when He appoints
close friends as leaders over you,
ones you yourself trained?
Won’t labor pains seize you,
as they do a woman in labor?

Jeremiah 22:23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

23 You residents of Lebanon,
nestled among the cedars,
how you will groan[a] when labor pains come on you,
agony like a woman in labor.


  1. Jeremiah 22:23 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads will be pitied

Jeremiah 30:6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Ask and see
whether a male can give birth.
Why then do I see every man
with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor
and every face turned pale?

Jeremiah 50:43 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them,
and his hands fall helpless.
Distress has seized him—
pain, like a woman in labor.

Micah 4:9-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

From Exile to Victory

Now, why are you shouting loudly?
Is there no king with you?
Has your counselor perished
so that anguish grips you like a woman in labor?
10 Writhe and cry out,[a] Daughter Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for now you will leave the city
and camp in the open fields.
You will go to Babylon;
there you will be rescued;
there the Lord will redeem you
from the power of your enemies!


  1. Micah 4:10 Hb obscure

1 Thessalonians 5:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

When they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains come on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

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