TEXT 54
sri-vasudeva uvaca
na hy asyas te bhayam saumya
yad vai sahasarira-vak
putran samarpayisye ’sya
yatas te bhayam utthitam
SYNONYMS
sri-vasudevah uvaca—Sri Vasudeva said; na—not; hi—indeed; asyah—from Devaki; te—of you; bhayam—fear; saumya—O most sober; yat—which; vai—indeed; sa—that omen; aha—dictated; a-sarira-vak—a vibration without a body; putran—all my sons; samarpayisye—I shall deliver to you; asyah—of her (Devaki); yatah—from whom; te—your; bhayam—fear; utthitam—has arisen.
TRANSLATION
Vasudeva said: O best of the sober, you have nothing to fear from your sister Devaki because of what you have heard from the unseen omen. The cause of death will be her sons. Therefore I promise that when she gives birth to the sons from whom your fear has arisen, I shall deliver them all unto your hands.
PURPORT
Kamsa feared Devaki’s existence because after her eighth pregnancy she would give birth to a son who would kill him. Vasudeva, therefore, to assure his brother-in-law the utmost safety, promised to bring him all the sons. He would not wait for the eighth son, but from the very beginning would deliver to the hands of Kamsa all the sons to which Devaki would give birth. This was the most liberal proposition offered by Vasudeva to Kamsa.

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