“So now the Lord, the God who rules over all, the God of Israel, 1 asks, ‘Why will you do such great harm to yourselves? Why should every man, woman, child, and baby of yours be destroyed from the midst of Judah? Why should you leave yourselves without a remnant?
All the men of Judah 1 were standing before the Lord, along with their infants, wives, and children.
The sword will make people childless outside, and terror will do so inside; they will destroy 1 both the young man and the virgin, the infant and the gray-haired man.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, 1 I set aside childish ways.
Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress 1 on the earth and wrath against this people.
He struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, the firstfruits of their reproductive power 1 in the tents of Ham.
How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies and smashes them on a rock! 1
an educator of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth –
Did I conceive this entire people? 1 Did I give birth to 2 them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your arms, as a foster father 3 bears a nursing child,’ to the land which you swore to their fathers?
On that same occasion 1 Jesus 2 rejoiced 3 in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise 4 you, Father, Lord 5 of heaven and earth, because 6 you have hidden these things from the wise 7 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 8
Do not let her be like a baby born dead, whose flesh is half-consumed when it comes out of its 1 mother’s womb!”
your infants, your wives, and the 1 foreigners living in your encampment, those who chop wood and those who carry water –
and to all the infants, wives, sons, and daughters of the entire assembly listed in the genealogical records, for they faithfully consecrated themselves.
Yes, you are the one who brought me out 1 from the womb and made me feel secure on my mother’s breasts.
They shed innocent blood – the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. The land was polluted by bloodshed. 1