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Birth

BIRTH. The bringing forth of a separate life into the world. Although this is accompanied by rending pain, there is no evidence that such pain would have occurred had not sin entered the human race. (See Gen.3.16 where pain in childbearing is a part of the curse on Eve for her sin.) This pain is so uniquely severe that in nine-tenths of the forty-odd uses of the word “travail” in the KJV it is used as a figure for intense suffering (e.g., Jer.13.21; Rom.8.22; Gal.4.19). Apparently the ancient Hebrew women went through travail more easily than the Egyptians did (Exod.1.19).