'Barren' in the Bible
Sarai was unable to conceive; she did not have a child.
Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord heard his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.
When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was unable to conceive.
No woman will miscarry or be childless in your land. I will give you the full number of your days.
Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone. Maybe the Lord will meet with me. I will tell you whatever He reveals to me.” So he went to a barren hill.
He found him in a desolate land,in a barren, howling wilderness;He surrounded him, cared for him,and protected him as the pupil of His eye.
There was a certain man from Zorah, from the family of Dan, whose name was Manoah; his wife was unable to conceive and had no children.
The Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “It is true that you are unable to conceive and have no children, but you will conceive and give birth to a son.
Those who are full hire themselves out for food,but those who are starving hunger no more.The woman who is childless gives birth to seven,but the woman with many sons pines away.
Yes, may that night be barren;may no joyful shout be heard in it.
For the company of the godless will have no children,and fire will consume the tents of those who offer bribes.
They prey on the childless woman who is unable to conceive,and do not deal kindly with the widow.
Sheol; a childless womb;earth, which is never satisfied with water;and fire, which never says, “Enough!”
Lift up a banner on a barren mountain.Call out to them.Wave your hand, and they will gothrough the gates of the nobles.
For the palace will be forsaken,the busy city abandoned.The hill and the watchtower will becomebarren places forever,the joy of wild donkeys,and a pasture for flocks,
I will open rivers on the barren heights,and springs in the middle of the plains.I will turn the desert into a pool of waterand dry land into springs of water.
saying to the prisoners: Come out,and to those who are in darkness: Show yourselves.They will feed along the pathways,and their pastures will be on all the barren heights.
Then you will say within yourself,‘Who fathered these for me?I was deprived of my children and unable to conceive,exiled and wandering—but who brought them up?See, I was left by myself—but these, where did they come from?’”
“Rejoice, childless one, who did not give birth;burst into song and shout,you who have not been in labor!For the children of the forsaken one will be morethan the children of the married woman,”says the Lord.
Look to the barren heights and see.Where have you not been immoral?You sat waiting for them beside the highwayslike a nomad in the desert.You have defiled the landwith your prostitution and wickedness.
A sound is heard on the barren heights,the children of Israel weeping and begging for mercy,for they have perverted their way;they have forgotten the Lord their God.
“At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, ‘A searing wind blows from the barren heights in the wilderness on the way to My dear people. It comes not to winnow or to sift;
Cut off the hair of your sacred vow and throw it away. Raise up a dirge on the barren heights, for the Lord has rejected and abandoned the generation under His wrath.
Over all the barren heights in the wildernessthe destroyers have come,for the Lord has a sword that devoursfrom one end of the earth to the other.No one has peace.
Wild donkeys stand on the barren heightspanting for air like jackals.Their eyes failbecause there are no green plants.
I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not ruin the produce of your land and your vine in your field will not fail to produce fruit,” says the Lord of Hosts.
And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless.
Look, the days are coming when they will say, ‘The women without children, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed, are fortunate!’
For it is written:Rejoice, childless woman,who does not give birth.Burst into song and shout,you who are not in labor,for the children of the desolate are many,more numerous than thoseof the woman who has a husband.
By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she considered that the One who had promised was faithful.