Revelation 12:2

“And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And shee being with childe, cried, trauailing in birth, and pained to be deliuered.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and she was with child; and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and she was with child; and she crieth out, travailing in birth, and in pain to be delivered.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And she was with child; and she gave a cry, in the pains of childbirth.
- Basic English Bible

and being with child she cried, [being] in travail, and in pain to bring forth.
- Darby Bible

And she being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
- Webster's Bible

and she was crying out in the pains and agony of childbirth.
- Weymouth Bible

She was with child. She cried out in pain, laboring to give birth.
- World English Bible

And sche hadde in wombe, and sche crieth, trauelynge of child, and is turmentid, that sche bere child.
- Wycliffe Bible

and being with child she doth cry out, travailing and pained to bring forth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 12:2

12:2 And being with child she crieth, travailing in birth - The very pain, without any outward opposition, would constrain a woman in travail to cry out. These cries, throes, and pains to be delivered, were the painful longings, the sighs, and prayers of the saints for the coming of the kingdom of God. The woman groaned and travailed in spirit, that Christ might appear, as the Shepherd and King of all nations.

People's Bible Notes for Revelation 12:2

Re 12:2 She being with child cried. Again we must let the Scripture explain its own meaning. "As soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children" (Isa 66:8). The travail of Zion causeth an increase. See also Isa 54:1 49:20, where the same figure is used. The state of the woman therefore implies a Church in sorrow, a suffering Church, but out of whose suffering there cometh an increase of the saints. It is a period when the saints are multiplied in the midst of persecution.

Discussion for Revelation 12

  • Shanyn
    A war in heaven... pre-existing spirits. Taking up Gods side... those who didn't were cast out... 1/3 of the host/stars... out into the earth to torment those here who are on the Lords side. I've heard this somewhere before.. most importantly the affirmations of a preexisting state of the beings in heaven and now on the earth...
    There's a plan The Lord's plan... trust in Him, learn his plan

  • Steve
    In short, the purpose of this passage is for encouragement. The woman represents the group of believers; the dragon represents the pagan empire during Constantine's Christian conversion. This dragon is very same 4th beast in Daniel. Revelations describes Daniel's fourth beast in various phases until it develops into the Holy Roman Empire. This is God contrasting his kingdom to man's kingdom.
  • A disciple
    DON"T BE A FOOL! How many self-seeking false prophets have to make a fool of themselves and everyone who listens to them, before the words of our Lord are believed and obeyed? "No man knows the day nor the hour when the Son of Man returns; only the Father! The vision and the sign describes the true state of the world, and the reason for what things tale place. IT'S NOT to decrypt some hocus pocus!
  • Yarah Sakal
    Chapter 12 has parallel meanings but most importantly it is a sign. The sign is in the heavens and refers to the celestial alignment taking place on September 23, 2017. Many feel it is pointing to the Rapture because of the context of the vision. What is important is not if the Rapture happens at that point since we should always be ready for that amazing "twinkling of an eye".
  • John
    Looks to me like God cleaned house in Heaven and figured it's time for man to do the same under the pretense and directive of God to be the hands and feet to ensure Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
  • BSP
    Verse 12 shows how angry Satan is that he has been thrown out of heaven. He has not given up in his fight to turn as many away as possible.

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