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John 16:21 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow," (he gune hotan tikte lupen echei) "When the woman gives birth she has grief," or sorrow, as decreed from the fall of man, Gen 3:16. The "woman in travail" is a common Old Testament figure for terror-stricken-anguish, Jer 4:31; Jer 6:24; Psa 48:6.

2) "Because her hour is come:" (hoti elthen he hora autes) "Because her hour (of delivery) has arrived," for her to bring forth in trembling pain, Isa 26:17. It is her critical or appointed time of delivery.

3) "But as soon as she is delivered of the child," (hotan de gennese to paidion) "Then when she gives birth to the child," when delivery is past, the sharp pangs are over.

4) "She remembereth no more the anguish," (ouketi mnemoneuei tes thlipseos) "She no longer remembers the anguish, pain, or distress," of the hour of birth-travail. The comparison is designed only to emphasize the sudden replacement of sorrow with joy in both cases.

5) "For joy that a man is born into the world." (dia ton ten charan hoti egennethe anthropos eis ton kosmon) "Because of the joy that a man was and is born into the world." The idea is that life's greatest joy comes through sorrow; And the way to heaven's joy comes through pain and suffering: First through the suffering and accursed death of Jesus Christ, Gal 3:13; 2Co 5:21; and second, His children's greatest blessings and joy come through their suffering for His name's sake, Mat 5:11-12; Joh 15:20-21; 2Ti 3:12.

Consult other comments:

John 16:21 - The Greek Testament

John 16:21 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 16:21 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 16:21 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 16:21 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 16:21 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 16:21 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 16:21 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 16:21 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 16:21 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 16:21 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 16:21 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 16:21 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 16:21 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 16:21 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 16:21 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 16:21 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 16:21 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 16:21 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 16:21 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 16:21 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 16:21 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 16:21 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 16:21 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary