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Had Eve not sinned, the experience of childbirth would have been easy and pleasant, like every other experience in the perfect world God had made. The Curse, however, fell in a peculiar way on Eve and her daughters, and the pain and sorrow of conception and birth would be greatly multiplied. Nevertheless, the bearing of children, especially by a woman who loves God and seeks to obey Him, is a time of blessing and rejoicing even though accompanied by a time of suffering (John 16:21). In the experience of giving birth, every woman experiences by proxy, the privilege granted Mary when she became the mother of the promised Seed. Furthermore, she even becomes a type of Christ, who "shall see his seed....he shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied" (Isaiah 53:10,11). The suffering is submerged in the rejoicing, and this in itself goes far toward mitigating the physical pain (1 Timothy 2:15).
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8