Job 29:23

23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.

Job 29:23 in Other Translations

23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
23 They waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
23 They longed for me to speak as people long for rain. They drank my words like a refreshing spring rain.
23 They welcomed my counsel like spring rain, drinking it all in.
23 They waited for me as for the rain and opened their mouths as for spring showers.

Job 29:23 Meaning and Commentary

Job 29:23

And they waited for me as for the rain
The former rain, as appears by the following clause, which fell in autumn, about October, after seedtime, in order to nourish and cherish it, and bring it up; now as the husbandman waited for this, was in daily expectation of it, and greatly desired it, and longed for it; see ( James 5:7 ) ; so the people waited for Job, for his coming into their public assemblies, whether civil or religious, and longed to hear him speak, for their counsel and instruction, for their comfort and direction in all things they stood in need of:

and they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter rain;
which fell in the spring about March, in the time of harvest, which was of use to fatten the kernals of grain, and make them fuller, and the flour finer; now Job's hearers opened their mouths, as the dry and parched earth gapes for rain; or the husbandman, or the gardener, as the Targum, opens his mouth, and asks and prays for rain; or as a hungry and thirsty man opens his mouth to take in refreshment, or expresses thereby his desire of it; or as persons somewhat deaf open their mouths to hear the better, there being a way through the mouth to the internal ear, as anatomists F8 observe; which lies through the Eustachian tube, out of the palate, to the internal cavity of the ear, called the "concha"; wherefore such persons naturally open their mouths when they would hear attentively; all which expresses the eager desire of Job's hearers after his doctrine, which, like the rain, would be useful, profitable, and edifying to them; their view was not to indulge their curiosity, to please their ears, but to affect their hearts, and instruct their minds.


F8 Scheuchzer, ut supra. (Physic. Sacr. l. vol. 4. p. 759.)

Job 29:23 In-Context

21 “People listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more; my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I dwelt as a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.

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