The unborn are living children

Many people justify abortion by saying the unborn is not alive. But the Bible references both unborn and born children in a similar fashion. The unborn struggle, feel, hear, and move within the womb. As such, they live.

The same Greek word, Brephos, is used to describe both children in a womb and children outside the womb.

 Strong’s Number:   1025   
Original Word Word Origin
brevfoß of uncertain affin.
Transliterated Word TDNT Entry
Brephos 5:636,759
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
bref’-os Noun Neuter
  1. an unborn child, embryo, a foetus
  2. a new-born child, an infant, a babe


Luke 1:41

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Luke 2:12

12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:16

16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.

Luke 18:15

15 And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them.

Mary, who had no children outside the womb, is called “mother” because of the unborn child in her womb:

Luke 1:43

43 And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?


The same word in Hebrew is translated as  “children” and “sons”, describing the unborn, as well as the born:

Strong’s Number:   01121   
Original Word Word Origin
!b from (01129)
Transliterated Word TDNT Entry
Ben TWOT – 254
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
bane Noun Masculine
  1. son, grandson, child, member of a group
    1. son, male child
    2. grandson
    3. children (pl. – male and female)
    4. youth, young men (pl.)
    5. young (of animals)
    6. sons (as characterisation, i.e. sons of injustice [for un- righteous men] or sons of God [for angels]
    7. people (of a nation) (pl.)
    8. of lifeless things, i.e. sparks, stars, arrows (fig.)
    9. a member of a guild, order, class

Genesis 25:21-22

21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.

2 Kings 19:3

3 They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and rejection; for children have come to birth and there is no strength to deliver.

Ruth 1:11

11 But Naomi said, “Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

Genesis 18:19

19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”


If a pregnant woman is caused to give birth by men fighting, and the baby OR the mother die, the men deserve the same punishment as killing does.

Exodus 21:22-25

 22 ”If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise


Thus, we see that the same word is used for born and unborn children. Plus, we know that a woman who is pregnant is considered a mother. So unborn children are considered the same as born – living and important to God. As such, no one should abort a child.


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