Jeremiah 14:22
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New International Version
Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.

New Living Translation
Can any of the worthless foreign gods send us rain? Does it fall from the sky by itself? No, you are the one, O LORD our God! Only you can do such things. So we will wait for you to help us.

English Standard Version
Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O LORD our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.

New American Standard Bible
Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.

King James Bible
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Or can the skies alone give showers? Are You not the LORD our God? We therefore put our hope in You, for You have done all these things.

International Standard Version
Can any of the worthless gods of the nations make it rain? Can the heavens themselves bring forth showers? Aren't you the one who does this, LORD our God? So we hope in you, for you are the one who does all these things.

NET Bible
Do any of the worthless idols of the nations cause rain to fall? Do the skies themselves send showers? Is it not you, O Lord our God, who does this? So we put our hopes in you because you alone do all this."

New Heart English Bible
Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain? Or can the sky give showers? Aren't you he, LORD our God? Therefore we will wait for you; for you have made all these things."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The worthless gods of the nations can't make it rain. By themselves, the skies can't give showers. But you can, O LORD our God. We have hope in you because you do all these things.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Art not Thou He, O LORD our God, and do we not wait for Thee? For Thou hast made all these things.

New American Standard 1977
Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain?
            Or can the heavens grant showers?
            Is it not Thou, O LORD our God?
            Therefore we hope in Thee,
            For Thou art the one who hast done all these things.



Jubilee Bible 2000
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause it to rain? or can the heavens give rain? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee, for thou hast made all these things.

King James 2000 Bible
Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? are not you he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon you: for you have made all these things.

American King James Version
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? are not you he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait on you: for you have made all these things.

American Standard Version
Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Jehovah our God? therefore we will wait for thee; for thou hast made all these things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Are there any among the graven things of the Gentiles that can send rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou the Lord our God, whom we have looked for? for thou hast made all these things.

Darby Bible Translation
Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? Art not thou HE, Jehovah, our God? And we wait upon thee; for thou hast made all these things.

English Revised Version
Are there any among the vanities of the heathen that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee; for thou hast made all these things.

Webster's Bible Translation
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.

World English Bible
Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain? or can the sky give showers? Aren't you he, Yahweh our God? therefore we will wait for you; for you have made all these things.

Young's Literal Translation
Are there among the vanities of the nations any causing rain? And do the heavens give showers? Art not Thou He, O Jehovah our God? And we wait for thee, for Thou -- Thou hast done all these!

Study Bible
A Prayer for Mercy
21Do not despise us, for Your own name's sake; Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory; Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us. 22Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.
Cross References
Acts 14:15
"Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.

1 Kings 8:36
then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and of Your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land, which You have given Your people for an inheritance.

1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word."

Job 38:28
"Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

Isaiah 41:29
"Behold, all of them are false; Their works are worthless, Their molten images are wind and emptiness.

Jeremiah 5:12
They have lied about the LORD And said, "Not He; Misfortune will not come on us, And we will not see sword or famine.

Jeremiah 5:24
'They do not say in their heart, "Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest."

Jeremiah 10:3
For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.

Jeremiah 10:15
They are worthless, a work of mockery; In the time of their punishment they will perish.

Lamentations 3:26
It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? are not you he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait on you: for you have made all these things.

Are.

Jeremiah 10:15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation …

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have …

Isaiah 41:29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten …

Isaiah 44:12-20 The smith with the tongs both works in the coals, and fashions it …

vanities.

Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have …

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

1 Kings 18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came …

Psalm 74:1,2 O God, why have you cast us off for ever? why does your anger smoke …

Zechariah 10:1,2 Ask you of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD …

Acts 14:15-17 And saying, Sirs, why do you these things? We also are men of like …

art.

Jeremiah 5:24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, …

Jeremiah 10:13 When he utters his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, …

Jeremiah 51:16 When he utters his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; …

Deuteronomy 28:12 The LORD shall open to you his good treasure, the heaven to give …

1 Kings 8:36 Then hear you in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, and …

1 Kings 17:14 For thus said the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not …

1 Kings 18:39-45 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they …

Job 5:10 Who gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields:

Job 38:26-28 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, …

Psalm 147:8 Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, …

Isaiah 30:23 Then shall he give the rain of your seed, that you shall sow the …

Joel 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your …

Amos 4:7 And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three …

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for …

wait.

Psalm 25:3,21 Yes, let none that wait on you be ashamed: let them be ashamed which …

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your …

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope.

Psalm 135:7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he makes …

Isaiah 30:18,23 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious to you, …

Lamentations 3:25,26 The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him…

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my …

Habakkuk 3:17-19 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in …

(22) Vanities.--sc., as in Jeremiah 10:8, the idols of the heathen, powerless and perishable.

Are there any . . . that can cause rain?--The question is asked with a special reference to the drought which had called forth the prophet's utterance (Jeremiah 14:1). Israel remembers at last that it is Jehovah alone who gives the rain from heaven and the fruitful seasons, and turns to Him in patient waiting for His gifts. The words contain an implied appeal to the history of Elijah (1Kings 18:41) and that of Joel 2:23).

Verse 22. - None of the vanities, or false gods (Jeremiah 3:17), of the heathen can deliver us in this our strait (want of rain). "Rainmakers" is still a common name of soothsayers among savage nations. Thou alone art God, and our God; or, in Jeremiah's phrase (not, Art not thou he, etc.? but) Art thou not Jehovah our God? and the ground of the appeal follows, Jehovah is the Maker of all these things; i.e. all the heavenly phenomena, especially the clouds and the rain.



Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain?.... The blessing wanted; none of the idols of the Gentiles, called vanities, because it was a vain thing to apply to them, or hope for anything from them, none of these could give a shower of rain; though the name of one of their idols was Jupiter Imbrius (u), or Pluvius, the god of rain, yet he could not make nor give a single drop; as Baal, in the times of Ahab, when there was a drought, could not.

Or can the heavens give showers? from whence they descend, and which are the second causes of rain; even these could not of themselves, and much less Heathen deities.

Art not thou he, O Lord our God? the everlasting and unchangeable He, or I AM, our covenant God and Father, thou, and thou only, canst give rain; this is the peculiar of the great God himself; see Acts 14:17.

Therefore we will wait upon thee; for rain, by prayer and supplication, and hope for it, and wait the Lord's own time to give it:

for thou hast made all these things; the rain and its showers, who have no other father than the Lord, Job 38:28, also the heavens from whence it descends, and the earth on which it falls, are made by him, who restrains and gives it at pleasure.

(u) Pausanias makes mention of an image of Jupiter Pluvius, and of altars erected to him in various places; Attica, sive l. 1. p. 60. Corinthiaca, sive l. 2. p. 119. Boeotica, sive l. 9. p. 602. and in India, as Apollonius Tyanaeus relates, in Vit. Philostrat. l. 3. c. 2. in fine, was a tub, which in time of drought they opened; from whence, as they pretended, clouds came forth and watered all the country. Near Rome was a stone called Lapis Manalis, which being brought into the city, was said to cause rain. A like fable is told of water being in the forehead of Jupiter Lycaeus, which being shook by an oaken branch in the hand of a priest, gathered clouds, and produced plentiful showers of rain when wanted; but these, with others, are all fables and lies. See Alex. ab Alex Genial. Dier. l. 4. c. 16. 22. vanities—idols (De 32:21).

rain—(Zec 10:1, 2).

heavens—namely, of themselves without God (Mt 5:45; Ac 14:17); they are not the First Cause, and ought not to be deified, as they were by the heathen. The disjunctive "or" favors Calvin's explanation: "Not even the heavens themselves can give rain, much less can the idol vanities."

art not thou he—namely, who canst give rain? 14:17-22 Jeremiah acknowledged his own sins, and those of the people, but pleaded with the Lord to remember his covenant. In their distress none of the idols of the Gentiles could help them, nor could the heavens give rain of themselves. The Lord will always have a people to plead with him at his mercy-seat. He will heal every truly repenting sinner. Should he not see fit to hear our prayers on behalf of our guilty land, he will certainly bless with salvation all who confess their sins and seek his mercy.
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