New International Version
They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
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LibraryComfort for the Desponding
At once to the subject. A complaint; its cause and cure; and then close up with an exhortation to stir up your pure minds, if you are in such a position. I. First, there is a COMPLAINT. How many a Christian looks on the past with pleasure, on the future with dread, and on the present with sorrow! There are many who look back upon the days that they have passed in the fear of the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever had, but as to the present, it is clad in a sable garb of gloom …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855
The Case of the Christian under the Hiding of God's Face.
No Sorrow Like Messiah's Sorrow
After I had spoken, they spoke no more; my words fell gently on their ears.
When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.
When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."
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