By Pastor Art Kohl
Updated January 26, 2005

An unborn baby in the womb of a mother is called a "child" on twenty six occasions (in 25 verses) in the scriptures. Notice the words "with child" as a description of a pregnant woman:

Old Testament:

1. Genesis 16:11, "And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art ""with child"", and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction."

2. Genesis 19:36, "Thus were both the daughters of Lot "with child" by their father."

3. Genesis 38:24, "And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is "with child" by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt."

4. Genesis 38:25, "When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I "with child": and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff."

5. Exodus 21:22, "If men strive, and hurt a woman "with child", so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine."

6. 1 Samuel 4:19, "And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was "with child", near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her."

7. 2 Samuel 11:5, "And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am "with child."

8. 2 Kings 8:12, "And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women "with child.""

9. 2 Kings 15:16, "Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were "with child" he ripped up."

10. Ecclesiastes 11:5, "As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is "with child": even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all."

11. Isaiah 26:17, "Like as a woman "with child", that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD."

12. Isaiah 26:18, "We have been "with child", we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen."

13. Isaiah 54:1, "Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail "with child": for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD."

14. Jeremiah 30:6, "Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail "with child"? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?"

15. Jeremiah 31:8, "Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman "with child" and her that travaileth "with child" together: a great company shall return thither."

16. Hosea 13:16, "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women "with child" shall be ripped up."

17. Amos 1:13, "Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women "with child" of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:"

New Testament:

18. Matthew 1:18, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found "with child" of the Holy Ghost."

19. Matthew 1:23, "Behold, a virgin shall be "with child", and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

20. Matthew 24:19, "And woe unto them that are "with child", and to them that give suck in those days!"

21. Mark 13:17, "But woe to them that are "with child", and to them that give suck in those days!"

22. Luke 2:5, "To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great "with child"."

23. Luke 21:23, "But woe unto them that are "with child", and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people."

24. 1 Thessalonians 5:3, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman "with child"; and they shall not escape."

25. Revelation 12:2, "And she being "with child" cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered."

Conclusion:

The Lord God chose His words carefully. Every Word of God is pure! (Proverbs 30:5) Every Word is God breathed! (2 Timothy 3:16). God said what he meant and meant what He says.

Science (Pseudo) has often opposed Biblical doctrine. Even in the 1st century, scientists (pseudo) were turning Christians away from the faith by their oppositions. 1 Timothy 6:20-21, "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen."

Some scientists try to tell us that the unborn is just a "fetus" or "unviable tissue mass," but God says it is a child. Who will you believe?

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