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Isaiah 66:7-9

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66:7 Before she goes into labor, she gives birth!

Before her contractions begin, she delivers a boy!

66:8 Who has ever heard of such a thing?

Who has ever seen this?

Can a country 1  be brought forth in one day?

Can a nation be born in a single moment?

Yet as soon as Zion goes into labor she gives birth to sons!

66:9 “Do I bring a baby to the birth opening and then not deliver it?”

asks the Lord.

“Or do I bring a baby to the point of delivery and then hold it back?”

asks your God. 2 

1 tn Heb “land,” but here אֶרֶץ (’erets) stands metonymically for an organized nation (see the following line).

2 sn The rhetorical questions expect the answer, “Of course not!”



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