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Deuteronomy 32:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— My doctrine shall drop as the rain; My speech shall distil as the dew, As the small rain upon the tender grass, And as the showers upon the herb.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As the droplets on the fresh grass And as the showers on the herb.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— My doctrine shall drop as rain, My speech flow down as dew, As small rain upon the tender herb, And as showers on the grass.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Let my teaching drop as the rain, Let my speech distil as the dew,—As copious rains on tender grass, As myriad drops on seeding plants.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Drop as rain doth My doctrine; Flow as dew doth My sayings; As storms on the tender grass, And as showers on the herb,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Let my doctrine gather as the rain, let my speech distil as the dew, as a shower upon the herb, and as drops upon the grass.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— My doctrine shall drop as the raine: my speech shall distill as the deaw, as the smal raine vpon the tender herbe, and as the showres vpon the grasse.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Let my speech be looked for as the rain, and my words come down as dew, as the shower upon the herbage, and as snow upon the grass.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
My doctrine 3948
{3948} Prime
לֶקַח
leqach
{leh'-kakh}
From H3947; properly something received, that is, (mentally) instruction (whether on the part of the teacher or hearer); also (in an active and sinister sense) inveiglement.
shall drop 6201
{6201} Prime
עָרַף
`araph
{aw-raf'}
A primitive root; to droop; hence to drip.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
as the rain, 4306
{4306} Prime
מָטָר
matar
{maw-tawr'}
From H4305; rain.
my speech 565
{0565} Prime
אִמְרָה
'imrah
{im-raw'}
The second form is the feminine of H0561, and meaning the same.
shall distil 5140
{5140} Prime
נזל
nazal
{naw-zal'}
A primitive root; to drip, or shed by trickling.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
as the dew, 2919
{2919} Prime
טַל
tal
{tal}
From H2926; dew (as covering vegetation).
as the small rain 8164
{8164} Prime
שְׂעִירִם
sa`iyr
{saw-eer'}
Formed the same as H8163; a shower (as tempestuous).
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the tender herb, 1877
{1877} Prime
דֶּשֶׁא
deshe'
{deh'-sheh}
From H1876; a sprout; by analogy grass.
and as the showers 7241
{7241} Prime
רָבִיב
rabiyb
{raw-beeb'}
From H7231; a rain (as an accumulation of drops).
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the grass: 6212
{6212} Prime
עֵשֶׂב
`eseb
{eh'-seb}
From an unused root meaning to glisten (or be green); grass (or any tender shoot).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Deuteronomy 32:2-3

_ _ My doctrine shall drop, etc. — The language may justly be taken as uttered in the form of a wish or prayer, and the comparison of wholesome instruction to the pure, gentle, and insinuating influence of rain or dew, is frequently made by the sacred writers (Isaiah 5:6; Isaiah 55:10, Isaiah 55:11).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Deuteronomy 32:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Deuteronomy 32:2

As the rain — Look what effect rain and dew have upon herbs and grass which they make fresh and fragrant and growing, the same effect may my discourse have upon your hearts, that is, to make them soft and pliable and fruitful.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Deuteronomy 32:2

My (b) doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

(b) He desires that he may speak to God's glory and that the people, as the green grass, may receive the dew of his doctrine.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
drop:

2 Samuel 23:4 And [he shall be] as the light of the morning, [when] the sun riseth, [even] a morning without clouds; [as] the tender grass [springing] out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
Job 29:22-23 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. ... And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter rain.
Psalms 72:6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers [that] water the earth.
Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: ... So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.
Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
Hosea 14:5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
1 Corinthians 3:6-8 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. ... Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
Hebrews 6:7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:

as the showers:

Micah 5:7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
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.
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2S 23:4. Jb 29:22. Ps 72:6. Is 55:10. Ho 6:4; 14:5. Mi 5:7. Zc 10:1. 1Co 3:6. He 6:7.

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