Job 29:23
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New International Version
They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.

New Living Translation
They longed for me to speak as people long for rain. They drank my words like a refreshing spring rain.

English Standard Version
They waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.

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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They waited for me as for the rain and opened their mouths as for spring showers.

International Standard Version
They waited for me as one waits for rain, as one opens his mouth to drink in a spring rain shower.

NET Bible
They waited for me as people wait for the rain, and they opened their mouths as for the spring rains.

New Heart English Bible
They waited for me as for the rain. Their mouths drank as with the spring rain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They were as eager to hear me as they were for rain. They opened their mouths wide as if waiting for a spring shower.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they waited for me as for the rain; And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

New American Standard 1977
“And they waited for me as for the rain,
            And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

King James 2000 Bible
And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
They waited for me as for rain, and they opened their mouth as for a latter shower.

Darby Bible Translation
And they waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

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

Webster's 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.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
22"After my words they did not speak again, And my speech dropped on them. 23"They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouth as for the spring rain. 24"I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.…
Cross References
Job 29:22
"After my words they did not speak again, And my speech dropped on them.

Job 29:24
"I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.

Psalm 81:10
"I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

Psalm 119:131
I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments.

Proverbs 16:15
In the light of a king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.

Hosea 6:3
"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."
Treasury of Scripture

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

as for the rain

Psalm 72:6 He shall come down like rain on the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

the latter rain

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

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

Verse 23. - They waited for me as for the rain; i.e. "they were as eager to heat' me speak as the parched ground is to receive the winter rain, which it expects and waits for and absorbs greedily." And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. They drank in my discourse as the spring vegetation drinks in the spring showers, known in the East generally as "the latter rains." And they waited for me as for the rain,.... The former rain, as appears by the following clause, which fell in autumn, about October, after seedtime, in order to nourish and cherish it, and bring it up; now as the husbandman waited for this, was in daily expectation of it, and greatly desired it, and longed for it; see James 5:7; so the people waited for Job, for his coming into their public assemblies, whether civil or religious, and longed to hear him speak, for their counsel and instruction, for their comfort and direction in all things they stood in need of:

and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain; which fell in the spring about March, in the time of harvest, which was of use to fatten the kernals of grain, and make them fuller, and the flour finer; now Job's hearers opened their mouths, as the dry and parched earth gapes for rain; or the husbandman, or the gardener, as the Targum, opens his mouth, and asks and prays for rain; or as a hungry and thirsty man opens his mouth to take in refreshment, or expresses thereby his desire of it; or as persons somewhat deaf open their mouths to hear the better, there being a way through the mouth to the internal ear, as anatomists (h) observe; which lies through the Eustachian tube, out of the palate, to the internal cavity of the ear, called the "concha"; wherefore such persons naturally open their mouths when they would hear attentively; all which expresses the eager desire of Job's hearers after his doctrine, which, like the rain, would be useful, profitable, and edifying to them; their view was not to indulge their curiosity, to please their ears, but to affect their hearts, and instruct their minds.

(h) Scheuchzer, ut supra. (Physic. Sacr. l. vol. 4. p. 759.) 23. Image of Job 29:22 continued. They waited for my salutary counsel, as the dry soil does for the refreshing rain.

opened … mouth—panted for; Oriental image (Ps 119:131). The "early rain" is in autumn and onwards, while the seed is being sown. The "latter rain" is in March, and brings forward the harvest, which ripens in May or June. Between the early and latter rains, some rain falls, but not in such quantities as those rains. Between March and October no rain falls (De 11:14; Jas 5:7).29:18-25 Being thus honoured and useful, Job had hoped to die in peace and honour, in a good old age. If such an expectation arise from lively faith in the providence and promise of God, it is well; but if from conceit of our own wisdom, and dependence on changeable, earthly things, it is ill grounded, and turns to sin. Every one that has the spirit of wisdom, has not the spirit of government; but Job had both. Yet he had the tenderness of a comforter. This he thought upon with pleasure, when he was himself a mourner. Our Lord Jesus is a King who hates iniquity, and upon whom the blessing of a world ready to perish comes. To Him let us give ear.
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