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Job 29:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And they waited for me as for the rain; And they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter rain.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter rain.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter rain.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And they waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And they waited, as for rain, for me, and, their mouths, they opened wide for the spring-rain;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And they wait as [for] rain for me, And their mouth they have opened wide [As] for the latter rain.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— They waited for me as for rain, and they opened their mouth as for a latter shower.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And they waited for me as for the raine, and they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter raine.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— As the thirsty earth expecting the rain, so they [waited for] my speech.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter rain.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And they waited 3176
{3176} Prime
יָחַל
yachal
{yaw-chal'}
A primitive root; to wait; by implication to be patient, hope.
z8765
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
for me as for the rain; 4306
{4306} Prime
מָטָר
matar
{maw-tawr'}
From H4305; rain.
and they opened 6473
{6473} Prime
פָּעַר
pa`ar
{paw-ar'}
A primitive root; to yawn, that is, open wide (literally or figuratively).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
their mouth 6310
{6310} Prime
פֶּה
peh
{peh}
From H6284; the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to.
wide [as] for the latter rain. 4456
{4456} Prime
מַלְקוֹשׁ
malqowsh
{mal-koshe'}
From H3953; the spring rain (compare H3954); figuratively eloquence.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 29:23

_ _ Image of Job 29:22 continued. They waited for my salutary counsel, as the dry soil does for the refreshing rain.

_ _ opened ... mouthpanted for; Oriental image (Psalms 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 (Deuteronomy 11:14; James 5:7).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 29:18-25.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 29:23

And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide (p) [as] for the latter rain.

(p) As the dry ground thirsts for the rain.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
as for the rain:

Psalms 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.
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