In 2 Kings 19 king Hezekiah faces a great threat to Jerusalem from the Assyrian king. He delivers a message to Isiah with the following words:
This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them...
(2 Kings 19:3)
I have a really hard time understanding the picture of a child birth in this context. What is it that I'm missing?
Who are the children that not yet are born? Is it the peoples "salvation" from the Assyrian king?
And it seems to be near, the children had come to the moment of birth. But it's something missing. What's that?