Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can
&c.] The blessing wanted; none of the idols of the Gentiles, called vanities, because it was a vain thing to apply to them, or hope for anything from them, none of these could give a shower of rain; though the name of one of their idols was Jupiter Imbrius F21, or Pluvius, the god of rain, yet he could not make nor give a single drop; as Baal, in the times of Ahab, when there was a drought, could not. Or can the heavens give showers?
from whence they descend, and which are the second causes of rain; even these could not of themselves, and much less Heathen deities. Art not thou he, O Lord our God?
the everlasting and unchangeable He, or I AM, our covenant God and Father, thou, and thou only, canst give rain; this is the peculiar of the great God himself; see ( Acts 14:17 ) . Therefore we will wait upon thee;
for rain, by prayer and supplication, and hope for it, and wait the Lord's own time to give it: for thou hast made all these things;
the rain and its showers, who have no other father than the Lord, ( Job 38:28 ) , also the heavens from whence it descends, and the earth on which it falls, are made by him, who restrains and gives it at pleasure.