New American Standard Bible
"They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.
King James Bible
And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
Darby Bible Translation
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.
Young's Literal Translation
And they wait as for rain for me, And their mouth they have opened wide As for the latter rain.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
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.
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"After my words they did not speak again, And my speech dropped on them.
"I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.
"I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments.
In the light of a king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.
"So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth."
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