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Smith's Bible DictionaryRain
In the Bible "early rain" signifies the rain of the autumn, (11:14) and "latter rain" the rain of spring. (Proverbs 16:1,5) For six months in the year, from May to October, no rain falls, the whole land becomes dry, parched and brown. The autumnal rains are eagerly looked for, to prepare the earth for the reception of the seed. These, the early rains, commence about the latter end of October continuing through November and December. January and February are the coldest months, and snow falls, sometimes to the depth of a foot or more, at Jerusalem, but it does not lie long; it is very seldom seen along the coast and in the low plains. Rain continues to fall more or less during the month of March it is very rare in April. Robinson observes that there are not, at the present day, "any particular periods of rain or succession of showers which might be regarded as distinct rainy seasons. The whole period from October to March now constitutes only one continued season of rain, without any regularly-intervening term of prolonged fine weather. Unless therefore, there has been some change in the climate, the early and the latter rains, for which the husbandman waited with longing, seem rather to hare implied the first showers of autumn--which revived the parched and thirsty soil and prepared it for the seed --and the later showers of spring, which continued to refresh and forward both the ripening crops and the vernal products of the fields." (James 5:7; Proverbs 16:15)
ATS Bible DictionaryRain
In Scripture the "early" and the "latter" rain of Palestine is spoken of, De 11:14 Hosea 6:3. The former falls in the latter part of October, the seed-time of Palestine; and the weather then continues variable, with more or less rain the whole winter, until after the latter or spring rain in April. Afterwards, the weather becomes serene, and the crops ripen. The wheat harvest takes place in May; by the middle of August, the fruits are gathered in; and from that time to the coming of the first or October rains, prevail the scorching heats and droughts of summer. Nothing can more expressively represent spiritual blessings than copious showers of rain after this trying season is past, De 32:2 Job 29:23 Isaiah 44:3 Hosea 10:12.
It appears from meteorological records kept at Jerusalem, that the average annual fall of rain is fifty-five inches. It would seem therefore, that if the rains of Palestine could be preserved in pools and reservoirs, and employed in irrigating the ground during the summer, the old fertility might be restored; it would be clothed again with verdure, and become like "the garden of the Lord."
Easton's Bible DictionaryThere are three Hebrew words used to denote the rains of different seasons,
(2.) Melqosh, the "latter rain" (Proverbs 16:15).
(3.) Geshem, the winter rain, "the rains." The heavy winter rain is mentioned in Genesis 7:12; Ezra 10:9; Cant. 2:11. The "early" or "former" rains commence in autumn in the latter part of October or beginning of November (Deuteronomy 11:14; Joel 2:23; Comp. Jeremiah 3:3), and continue to fall heavily for two months. Then the heavy "winter rains" fall from the middle of December to March. There is no prolonged fair weather in Palestine between October and March. The "latter" or spring rains fall in March and April, and serve to swell the grain then coming to maturity (Deuteronomy 11:14; Hosea 6:3). After this there is ordinarily no rain, the sky being bright and cloudless till October or November.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary1. (n. & v.) Reign.
2. (n.) Water falling in drops from the clouds; the descent of water from the clouds in drops.
3. (n.) To fall in drops from the clouds, as water; -- used mostly with it for a nominative; as, it rains.
4. (n.) To fall or drop like water from the clouds; as, tears rained from their eyes.
5. (v. t.) To pour or shower down from above, like rain from the clouds.
International Standard Bible EncyclopediaRAIN
ran (maTar, Arabic (?), maTar, "rain" geshem, "heavy rain" moreh, "early rain," yoreh, "former rain," malqosh, "latter rain"; brecho, huetos):
Greek1026. brecho -- to send rain, to rain
... to send rain, to rain. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: brecho Phonetic Spelling:
(brekh'-o) Short Definition: I moisten, rain, send rain Definition: I ...
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5205. huetos -- rain
3797. opsimos -- the latter rain
4406. proimos -- early rain, early crops.
1028. broche -- a wetting
3655. ombros -- a rainstorm
3047. lips -- the southwest wind
2664. katapauo -- to cause to cease, to rest
5194. hualos -- a clear transparent stone, glass
5200. hugros -- wet, moist, of wood sappy
Strong's Hebrew4456. malqosh -- latter rain, spring rain
... 4455b, 4456. malqosh. 4457 . latter rain, spring rain. Transliteration:
malqosh Phonetic Spelling: (mal-koshe') Short Definition: rain. ...
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4305. matar -- to rain
3138. yoreh -- the early rain
1653. geshem -- rain, shower
4306. matar -- rain
1652. gasham -- to rain
5464. sagrir -- steady or persistent rain
4175. mowreh -- (early) rain
4175a. moreh -- (early) rain
8164. sair -- rain (drop)
The God of the Rain
'Clear Shining after Rain'
Occasioned by Great and Unseasonable Rain.
Third Sunday after Epiphany. For as the Rain Cometh Down
Twelve and a Half Miles in Heavy Rain
Influence of the Gospel Like Rain.
God Sent Rain from Heaven for Marcus Aurelius Cæsar in Answer to ...
"There is a Sound of Abundance of Rain. " 1 Kings, xix. 41
Psalm 65 Part 3 the Blessings of the Spring; Or, God Gives Rain.
Psalm 65:5. Third Part. CM The Blessing: of the Spring; Or, God ...
ThesaurusRain (118 Occurrences)
... (1.) Yoreh (Hosea 6:3), or moreh (Joel 2:23), denoting the former or the early
rain. (2.) Melqosh, the "latter rain" (Proverbs 16:15). ...
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Rain-flood (1 Occurrence)
Rain-storm (1 Occurrence)
Rains (16 Occurrences)
Inches (1 Occurrence)
Showers (20 Occurrences)
Autumn (8 Occurrences)
Shower (22 Occurrences)
Tempest (30 Occurrences)
Bible ConcordanceRain (118 Occurrences)
Matthew 5:45 that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
Matthew 7:25 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn't fall, for it was founded on the rock.
Matthew 7:27 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell-and great was its fall."
Luke 4:25 But I tell you in truth that there was many a widow in Israel in the time of Elijah, when there was no rain for three years and six months and there came a severe famine over all the land;
Luke 12:54 Then he said to the people, When you see a cloud coming up in the west, straight away you say, There will be rain; and so it is.
Acts 14:17 Yet he didn't leave himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you rains from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."
Acts 28:2 The natives showed us uncommon kindness; for they kindled a fire, and received us all, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
Hebrews 6:7 For the land which has drunk the rain that comes often on it, and brings forth a crop suitable for them for whose sake it is also tilled, receives blessing from God;
James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain.
James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it didn't rain on the earth for three years and six months.
James 5:18 He prayed again, and the sky gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit.
Jude 1:12 These men--sunken rocks! --are those who share the pleasure of your love-feasts, unrestrained by fear while caring only for themselves; clouds without water, driven away by the winds; trees that cast their fruit, barren, doubly dead, uprooted;
Revelation 8:7 And at the sounding of the first, a rain of ice and fire, mixed with blood, was sent on the earth: and a third part of the earth, and of the trees, and all green grass was burned up.
Revelation 11:6 These have the power to shut up the sky, that it may not rain during the days of their prophecy. They have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.
Revelation 11:19 And the house of God which is in heaven was open; and the ark of his agreement was seen in his house, and there were flames and voices and thunders and an earth-shock and a rain of ice.
Genesis 2:5 No plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Yahweh God had not caused it to rain on the earth. There was not a man to till the ground,
Genesis 7:4 In seven days, I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights. Every living thing that I have made, I will destroy from the surface of the ground."
Genesis 7:12 The rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.
Genesis 8:2 The deep's fountains and the sky's windows were also stopped, and the rain from the sky was restrained.
Genesis 19:24 Then Yahweh rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah sulfur and fire from Yahweh out of the sky.
Exodus 9:18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as has not been in Egypt since the day it was founded even until now. Leviticus
Exodus 9:33 Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands to Yahweh; and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured on the earth.
Exodus 9:34 When Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.
Exodus 16:4 Then said Yahweh to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from the sky for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law, or not.
Leviticus 26:4 then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
Deuteronomy 11:11 but the land, where you go over to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinks water of the rain of the sky,
Deuteronomy 11:14 that I will give the rain of your land in its season, the former rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, and your new wine, and your oil.
Deuteronomy 11:17 and the anger of Yahweh be kindled against you, and he shut up the sky, so that there shall be no rain, and the land shall not yield its fruit; and you perish quickly from off the good land which Yahweh gives you.
Deuteronomy 28:12 Yahweh will open to you his good treasure in the sky, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand: and you shall lend to many nations, and you shall not borrow.
Deuteronomy 28:22 The Lord will send wasting disease, and burning pain, and flaming heat against you, keeping back the rain till your land is waste and dead; so will it be till your destruction is complete.
Deuteronomy 28:24 Yahweh will make the rain of your land powder and dust: from the sky shall it come down on you, until you are destroyed.
Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain. My speech shall condense as the dew, as the small rain on the tender grass, as the showers on the herb.
Deuteronomy 32:23 I will send a rain of troubles on them, my arrows will be showered on them.
1 Samuel 12:17 Isn't it wheat harvest today? I will call to Yahweh, that he may send thunder and rain; and you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of Yahweh, in asking for a king."
1 Samuel 12:18 So Samuel called to Yahweh; and Yahweh sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared Yahweh and Samuel.
2 Samuel 1:21 You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain on you, neither fields of offerings; For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, The shield of Saul was not anointed with oil.
2 Samuel 21:10 And Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, took haircloth, placing it on the rock as a bed for herself, from the start of the grain-cutting till rain came down on them from heaven; and she did not let the birds of the air come near them by day, or the beasts of the field by night.
2 Samuel 22:12 He made darkness pavilions around himself: gathering of waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
2 Samuel 23:4 shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, through clear shining after rain.'
1 Kings 8:35 "When the sky is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against you; if they pray toward this place, and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you afflict them:
1 Kings 8:36 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, and of your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on your land, which you have given to your people for an inheritance.
1 Kings 17:1 Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the foreigners of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As Yahweh, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word."
1 Kings 17:7 It happened after a while, that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
1 Kings 17:14 For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel,'The jar of meal shall not empty, neither shall the jar of oil fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth.'"
1 Kings 18:1 It happened after many days, that the word of Yahweh came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, "Go, show yourself to Ahab; and I will send rain on the earth."
1 Kings 18:41 Elijah said to Ahab, "Get up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain."
1 Kings 18:44 It happened at the seventh time, that he said, "Behold, a small cloud, like a man's hand, is rising out of the sea." He said, "Go up, tell Ahab,'Get ready and go down, so that the rain doesn't stop you.'"
1 Kings 18:45 It happened in a little while, that the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
2 Kings 3:17 For thus says Yahweh,'You will not see wind, neither will you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, and you will drink, both you and your livestock and your animals.
2 Chronicles 6:26 When the sky is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against you; if they pray toward this place, and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you afflict them:
2 Chronicles 6:27 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, and of your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on your land, which you have given to your people for an inheritance.
2 Chronicles 7:13 If I shut up the sky so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
Ezra 10:9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together to Jerusalem within the three days; it was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month: and all the people sat in the broad place before the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain.
Ezra 10:13 But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand outside: neither is this a work of one day or two; for we have greatly transgressed in this matter.
Job 5:10 who gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields;
Job 20:23 When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him. It will rain on him while he is eating.
Job 24:8 They are wet with the rain of the mountains, and get into the cracks of the rock for cover.
Job 28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder;
Job 29:23 They waited for me as for the rain. Their mouths drank as with the spring rain.
Job 36:27 For he draws up the drops of water, which distill in rain from his vapor,
Job 37:6 For he says to the snow,'Fall on the earth;' likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of his mighty rain.
Job 38:25 By whom has the way been cut for the flowing of the rain, and the flaming of the thunder;
Job 38:26 To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; on the wilderness, in which there is no man;
Job 38:28 Does the rain have a father? Or who fathers the drops of dew?
Psalms 11:6 On the wicked he will rain blazing coals; fire, sulfur, and scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
Psalms 18:11 He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion around him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
Psalms 18:13 The Lord made thunder in the heavens, and the voice of the Highest was sounding out: a rain of ice and fire.
Psalms 65:11 The year is crowned with the good you give; life-giving rain is dropping from your footsteps,
Psalms 68:8 The earth trembled. The sky also poured down rain at the presence of the God of Sinai-- at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Psalms 68:9 You, God, sent a plentiful rain. You confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary.
Psalms 72:6 He will come down like rain on the mown grass, as showers that water the earth.
Psalms 78:24 He rained down manna on them to eat, and gave them food from the sky.
Psalms 78:27 He rained also flesh on them as the dust; winged birds as the sand of the seas.
Psalms 84:6 Passing through the valley of Weeping, they make it a place of springs. Yes, the autumn rain covers it with blessings.
Psalms 104:13 He sends down rain from his store-houses on the hills: the earth is full of the fruit of his works.
Psalms 105:32 He gave them hail for rain, with lightning in their land.
Psalms 135:7 who causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth; who makes lightnings with the rain; who brings forth the wind out of his treasuries;
Psalms 147:8 who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass grow on the mountains.
Psalms 148:8 Fire and rain of ice, snow and mists; storm-wind, doing his word:
Proverbs 16:15 In the light of the king's face is life. His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain.
Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son is the destruction of his father; and the bitter arguments of a wife are like drops of rain falling without end.
Proverbs 25:14 As clouds and wind without rain, so is he who boasts of gifts deceptively.
Proverbs 25:23 The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.
Proverbs 26:1 Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
Proverbs 27:15 A continual dropping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike:
Proverbs 28:3 A needy man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no crops.
Ecclesiastes 11:3 If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth; and if a tree falls toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there shall it be.
Ecclesiastes 12:2 Before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;
Song of Songs 2:11 For, behold, the winter is past. The rain is over and gone.
Isaiah 4:6 There will be a pavilion for a shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a refuge and for a shelter from storm and from rain.
Isaiah 5:6 I will lay it a wasteland. It won't be pruned nor hoed, but it will grow briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it."
Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a strong place for the poor and the crushed in their trouble, a safe place from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the wrath of the cruel ones is like a winter storm.
Isaiah 28:2 See, the Lord has a strong and cruel one; like a rain of ice, a storm of destruction, like the overflowing of a strong river, he will violently overcome them.
Isaiah 30:23 He will give the rain for your seed, with which you will sow the ground; and bread of the increase of the ground will be rich and plentiful. In that day, your livestock will feed in large pastures.
Isaiah 30:30 And Jehovah will cause his glorious voice to be heard, and will show the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and the flame of a devouring fire, with a blast, and tempest, and hailstones.
Isaiah 44:14 He cuts down cedars for himself, and takes the cypress and the oak, and strengthens for himself one among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir tree, and the rain nourishes it.
Isaiah 45:8 Let righteousness come down, O heavens, from on high, and let the sky send it down like rain: let the earth be open to give the fruit of salvation, causing righteousness to come up with it; I the Lord have made it come about.
Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn't return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
Jeremiah 3:3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter rain; yet you have a prostitute's forehead, you refused to be ashamed.
Jeremiah 5:24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear Yahweh our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season; who preserves to us the appointed weeks of the harvest.