an enthusiastic bearer of children

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Does "bearer of children" refer to a pregnant woman? Searching shows it relates to childbearing.


Thanks in advance

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Most spiritual teachings agree that there is more to happiness than becoming a productive member of society, a cheerful consumer of every licit pleasure, and an enthusiastic bearer of children disposed to do the same. Indeed, many suggest that it is our search for happiness—our craving for knowledge and new experience, our desire for recognition, our efforts to find the right romantic partner, even our yearning for spiritual experience itself—that causes us to overlook a form of well-being that is intrinsic to consciousness in every present moment.


-Sam Harris' The End of Faith
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I think it more likely means 'someone who has a lot of children'. Of course, they would have to get pregnant first, but I think it's the having children that's important.

    There might be a reference to Genesis 9:7 hidden in here: "And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein."


    Cross-posted.
     

    NewAmerica

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    Thank you.

    No, 'Be you fruitful'. In modern English: 'Have a lot of children.'
    If so, "And you, be ye fruitful" would have become: "And you, be you fruitful." Odd?

    Why not simply "And you, be fruitful"? Is God's English not perfect? ;)
     

    heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Why not indeed?

    One modern translation has it as 'As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.'

    This might avoid the repetition but it doesn't sound nearly as poetic.
     
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