And they said unto him, Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring them forth.
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George Leo Haydock
Blasphemy. The enemy insults over us (Calmet) and over God. (Haydock)
Birth. Hebrew, "the mouth of the womb. "(Vatable)
This comparison shows the utmost distress to which the people of Jerusalem were reduced. Any great anguish is denoted by a woman in travail, Deuteronomy ii. 25., and Psalm xlvii. 7. Homer (Iliad A) thus describes the uneasiness of Agamemnon. (Calmet)
Ezechias found himself unable to contend with the Assyrian, though he wished to do it. (Menochius)
Without courage, all hope of escaping is lost. (Du Hamel)