Job 29:23
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.

Berean Study Bible
They waited for me as for rain and drank in my words like spring showers.

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

New King James Version
They waited for me as for the rain, And they opened their mouth wide as for the spring rain.

New American Standard Bible
“They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouths as for the late rain.

NASB 1995
"They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.

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

Amplified Bible
“They waited for me [and for my words] as for the rain, And they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As the thirsty earth expecting the rain, so they waited for my speech.

Contemporary English Version
My words were eagerly accepted like the showers of spring,

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

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

Good News Translation
everyone welcomed them just as farmers welcome rain in spring.

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.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And they wait for me as [for] rain, "" And they have opened wide their mouth "" [As] for the spring rain.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
22After my words, they spoke no more; my speech settled on them like dew. 23They waited for me as for rain and drank in my words like spring showers. 24If I smiled at them, they did not believe it; the light of my countenance was precious.…

Cross References
Job 29:22
After my words, they spoke no more; my speech settled on them like dew.

Job 29:24
If I smiled at them, they did not believe it; the light of my countenance was precious.

Psalm 81:10
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it.

Psalm 119:131
I open my mouth and pant, longing for Your commandments.

Proverbs 16:15
When a king's face brightens, there is life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

Hosea 6:3
So let us know--let us press on to know the LORD. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water 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 upon 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 is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Zechariah 10:1
Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.









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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
They waited
וְיִֽחֲל֣וּ (wə·yi·ḥă·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3176: To wait, to be patient, hope

for me as for rain
כַמָּטָ֣ר (ḵam·mā·ṭār)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4306: Rain

and drank in my words
פָּעֲר֥וּ (pā·‘ă·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6473: To open wide (the mouth)

like spring showers.
לְמַלְקֽוֹשׁ׃ (lə·mal·qō·wōš)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4456: The spring rain, eloquence


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