Ezra 10:9

Overview - Ezra 10
Ezra encouraged to reform the strange marriages.
Ezra assembles the people.
The people repent, and promise amendment.
15 The care to perform it.
18 The names of them which had married strange wives.
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Ezra 10:9  (King James Version)
Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain.

the ninth month
That is, some time in December, which is the coldest and most rainy time of the year in Palestine
Dr. Russel, in his account of the weather at Aleppo, which very much resembles that in Judea, says, that the natives reckon the severity of the winter, which they call {marbania,} to last but forty days, beginning from the 12th of December, and ending the 20th of January, and that this computation comes in fact very near the truth: and that the air during this time is excessively piercing, even to those that are just come from a cold climate.
Ezra 7:8 Ezra 7:9 Esther 2:16

1 Samuel 12:17 1 Samuel 12:18 ; Jeremiah 10:10 Jeremiah 10:13

great rain
Hebrew showers.