The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJohn 16:21
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow…
said she should have, (Genesis 3:16) ; This is God's ordination and
appointment for sin:
because her hour is come;
is at hand; the fixed time in nature is
up, and there is no avoiding it:
but as soon as she is delivered of the child;
for though the sorrow
is great, yet there is a deliverance, and she is saved in
child bearing: when
she remembereth no more the anguish;
the sharp pains she has endured
in her travail;
for joy that a man is born into the world.
Much such a way of
speaking is used by the Jews F26, who observe,
``if a woman brings forth a male child, all is forgot, and
she repents (i.e. of her impatience, or any unbecoming
expression in the time of labour), (rkzh txmvb) , "for the
joy of a man child".''
And our Lord seems to have respect to a prevailing notion among
them, as well as many others, of the felicity of male children: it
is a common saying with them F1,
``blessed is he whose children are males, and woe to him
whose children are females:''
for they say F2,
``when (Mlweb rkz abv) , "that a man child comes into the
world", peace comes into the world.''
Now our Lord, by this instance, illustrates the sorrow his disciples
should have by his departure, and the joy that they should be
possessed of upon his return to them; that as the pains of a woman
in travail are very sharp and severe, and the distress of her mind,
about the issue of things respecting herself and offspring, is very
great, so would be the grief and trouble of the disciples on account
of the death of their Lord and master: but as when a woman is safely
delivered of a man child, she is so filled with joy, that her sorrow
is remembered no more so should it be with them, when Christ should
appear to them; all their trouble, concern, anxiety of mind, and
fears, that attended them, would all vanish away, and they be
distressed with them no more.
F26 Tzeror Hammor, fol. 98. 2.
F1 T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 65. 1. Kiddushin, fol. 82. 2. Bava Bathra,
fol. 16. 2. Sanhedrin, fol. 100. 2.
F2 T. Bab. Nidda, fol. 31. 2.
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