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Job 29:23

    Job 29:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And they waited for me as for the rain; And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    They were waiting for me as for the rain, opening their mouths wide as for the spring rains.

    Webster's Revision

    And they waited for me as for the rain; And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

    World English Bible

    They waited for me as for the rain. Their mouths drank as with the spring rain.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

    Definitions for Job 29:23

    Latter - Last.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 29:23

    They waited for me as for the rain - The idea continued. They longed as much to hear me speak, to receive my counsel and my decisions, as the thirsty land does for refreshing waters.

    They opened their mouth wide - A metaphor taken from ground chapped with long drought.

    The latter rain - The rain that falls a little before harvest, in order to fill and perfect the grain. The former rain is that which falls about seed-time, or in spring, in order to impregnate and swell the seed, and moisten the earth to produce its nourishment.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 29:23

    And they waited for me as for the rain - That is, as the dry and thirsty earth waits for the rain. This is a continuation of the beautiful image commenced in the previous verse, and conveys the idea that his counsel was as necessary in the assemblies of people as the rain was to give growth to the seed, and beauty to the landscape.

    And they opened their mouth wide - Expressive of earnest desire; compare Psalm 119:131 : "I opened my mouth and panted."

    As for the latter rain - The early and the latter rains are frequently spoken of in the Scriptures, and in Palestine and the adjacent regions are both necessary to the harvest. The early, or autumnal rains, commence in the latter half of October, or the beginning of November, not suddenly, but by degrees, so as to give the husbandman an opportunity to sow his wheat and barley. The rains come mostly from the west, or southwest, continuing for two or three days at a time, and failing especially during the nights. During the months of November and December, they continue to fall heavily; afterward they return only at longer intervals, and are less heavy; but at no period during the winter do they entirely cease to occur. Rain continues to fall more or less during the month of March, but it is rare after that period. The latter rains denote those which fall in the month of March, and which are so necessary in order to bring forward the harvest, which ripens early in May or June. If those rains fail, the harvest materially suffers, and hence, the expressions in the Scriptures, that "the husbandman waits for that rain;" compare James 5:7; Proverbs 16:15. The expression, "the early and the latter rain" seems, unless some material change has occurred in Palestine, not to imply that no rain fell in the interval, but that those rains were usually more copious, or were especially necessary, first for sowing, and then for bringing forward the harvest. In the interval between the "latter" and the "early" rains - between March and October - rain never falls, and the sky is usually serene; see Robinson's Bibl. Researches, vol. ii. pp. 96-100. The meaning here is, that they who were assembled in counsel, earnestly desired Job to speak, as the farmer desires the rain that will bring forward his crop.
    Book: Job