Some commentators have suggested that the word "quick" might refer to quickening. This is the time in a pregnancy when the woman first feels movement of the fetus. The term "quick with child" means the state of a pregnant woman. However, the word "quick" comes from Middle English when it meant "alive" which came from Old English "cwicu" which also meant "alive" -- as contrasted with dead. 5 More recent translations than the King James Version generally translate the passages as "living and the dead."