Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

John 16:21

Context
NET ©

When a woman gives birth, she has distress 1  because her time 2  has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 3  has been born into the world. 4 

NIV ©

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

NASB ©

"Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.

NLT ©

It will be like a woman experiencing the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives place to joy because she has brought a new person into the world.

MSG ©

"When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time, there's no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the birth. This new life in the world wipes out memory of the pain.

BBE ©

When a woman is about to give birth she has sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she has given birth to the child, the pain is put out of her mind by the joy that a man has come into the world.

NRSV ©

When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world.

NKJV ©

"A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.


KJV
A woman
<1135>
when
<3752>
she is in travail
<5088> (5725)
hath
<2192> (5719)
sorrow
<3077>_,
because
<3754>
her
<846>
hour
<5610>
is come
<2064> (5627)_:
but
<1161>
as soon as
<3752>
she is delivered
<1080> (5661)
of the child
<3813>_,
she remembereth
<3421> (5719)
no more
<3765>
the anguish
<2347>_,
for
<1223>
joy
<5479>
that
<3754>
a man
<444>
is born
<1080> (5681)
into
<1519>
the world
<2889>_.
NASB ©
"Whenever
<3752>
a woman
<1135>
is in labor
<5088>
she has
<2192>
pain
<3077>
, because
<3754>
her hour
<5610>
has come
<2064>
; but when
<3752>
she gives
<1080>
birth
<1080>
to the child
<3813>
, she no
<3765>
longer
<3765>
remembers
<3421>
the anguish
<2347>
because
<3754>
of the joy
<5479>
that a child
<444>
has been born
<1080>
into the world
<2889>
.
GREEK
h
<3588>
T-NSF
gunh
<1135>
N-NSF
otan
<3752>
CONJ
tikth
<5088> (5725)
V-PAS-3S
luphn
<3077>
N-ASF
ecei
<2192> (5719)
V-PAI-3S
oti
<3754>
CONJ
hlyen
<2064> (5627)
V-2AAI-3S
h
<3588>
T-NSF
wra
<5610>
N-NSF
authv
<846>
P-GSF
otan
<3752>
CONJ
de
<1161>
CONJ
gennhsh
<1080> (5661)
V-AAS-3S
to
<3588>
T-ASN
paidion
<3813>
N-ASN
ouketi
<3765>
ADV
mnhmoneuei
<3421> (5719)
V-PAI-3S
thv
<3588>
T-GSF
yliqewv
<2347>
N-GSF
dia
<1223>
PREP
thn
<3588>
T-ASF
caran
<5479>
N-ASF
oti
<3754>
CONJ
egennhyh
<1080> (5681)
V-API-3S
anyrwpov
<444>
N-NSM
eiv
<1519>
PREP
ton
<3588>
T-ASM
kosmon
<2889>
N-ASM
NET © [draft] ITL
When
<3752>
a woman
<1135>
gives birth
<5088>
, she has
<2192>
distress
<3077>
because
<3754>
her
<846>
time
<5610>
has come
<2064>
, but
<1161>
when
<3752>
her child
<3813>
is born
<1080>
, she
<3421>
no longer
<3765>
remembers
<3421>
the suffering
<2347>
because of
<1223>
her joy
<5479>
that
<3754>
a human being
<444>
has been born
<1080>
into
<1519>
the world
<2889>
.
NET ©

When a woman gives birth, she has distress 1  because her time 2  has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 3  has been born into the world. 4 

NET © Notes

sn The same word translated distress here has been translated sadness in the previous verse (a wordplay that is not exactly reproducible in English).

tn Grk “her hour.”

tn Grk “that a man” (but in a generic sense, referring to a human being).

sn Jesus now compares the situation of the disciples to a woman in childbirth. Just as the woman in the delivery of her child experiences real pain and anguish (has distress), so the disciples will also undergo real anguish at the crucifixion of Jesus. But once the child has been born, the mother’s anguish is turned into joy, and she forgets the past suffering. The same will be true of the disciples, who after Jesus’ resurrection and reappearance to them will forget the anguish they suffered at his death on account of their joy.



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