2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Other Translations of Revelation 12:2

New International Version

2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.

English Standard Version

2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.

The Message

2 She was giving birth to a Child and cried out in the pain of childbirth.

New King James Version

2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

New Living Translation

2 She was pregnant, and she cried out because of her labor pains and the agony of giving birth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Revelation 12:2

Commentary on Revelation 12:1-6

(Read Revelation 12:1-6)

The church, under the emblem of a woman, the mother of believers, was seen by the apostle in vision, in heaven. She was clothed with the sun, justified, sanctified, and shining by union with Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. The moon was under her feet; she was superior to the reflected and feebler light of the revelation made by Moses. Having on her head a crown of twelve stars; the doctrine of the gospel, preached by the twelve apostles, is a crown of glory to all true believers. As in pain to bring forth a holy family; desirous that the conviction of sinners might end in their conversion. A dragon is a known emblem of Satan, and his chief agents, or those who govern for him on earth, at that time the pagan empire of Rome, the city built upon seven hills. As having ten horns, divided into ten kingdoms. Having seven crowns, representing seven forms of government. As drawing with his tail a third part of the stars in heaven, and casting them down to the earth; persecuting and seducing the ministers and teachers. As watchful to crush the Christian religion; but in spite of the opposition of enemies, the church brought forth a manly issue of true and faithful professors, in whom Christ was truly formed anew; even the mystery of Christ, that Son of God who should rule the nations, and in whose right his members partake the same glory. This blessed offspring was protected of God.