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To Bring Forth

The English word mother originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word meaning to bring forth, or to deliver. Although it has most-often come to be used to refer to a female parent, the original meaning allowed for a much wider application, as is still seen today in such terms as "mother country" and "mother church." With the exception of Adam and Eve (see The Creation Of Adam And Eve), every human has a mother. Mothers and motherhood are very prominent throughout The Bible, literally and symbolically, in both Bible History and Prophecy.

Biblical References To Motherhood

Eve

"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived" (Genesis 4:1 KJV)

"For Thou didst form my inward parts, Thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb." (Psalm 139:13 RSV)

"the babe leaped in her womb" (Luke 1:41 KJV)

"And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:6-7 KJV)

"A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world." (John 16:21 KJV)

"Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child." (Psalm 131:2 KJV)

Metaphorical Mothers

Jesus Christ, The Messiah:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the Prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Matthew 23:37-39 KJV) (see The Return Of Jesus Christ)

The two covenants (see also Covenant and Testament):

"For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise."

"Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband."

"Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise." (Galatians 4:22-28 KJV)

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