Have you ever seen a man give birth to a baby?
Why then do I see all these strong men
grabbing their stomachs in pain like 2 a woman giving birth?
And why do their faces
turn so deathly pale?
There has never been any like it.
It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob,
but some of them will be rescued out of it. 4
1 tn Heb “Ask and see/consider.”
2 tn Heb “with their hands on their loins.” The word rendered “loins” refers to the area between the ribs and the thighs.
3 tn Heb “Alas [or Woe] for that day will be great.” For the use of the particle “Alas” to signal a time of terrible trouble, even to sound the death knell for someone, see the translator’s note on 22:13.
sn The reference to a terrible time of trouble (Heb “that day”) is a common shorthand reference in the prophets to “the Day of the
4 tn Heb “It is a time of trouble for Jacob but he will be saved out of it.”
sn Jacob here is figurative for the people descended from him. Moreover the figure moves from Jacob = descendants of Jacob to only a part of those descendants. Not all of his descendants who have experienced and are now experiencing trouble will be saved. Only a remnant (i.e., the good figs, cf., e.g., Jer 23:3; 31:7) will see the good things that the