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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Harvest laws, & rain
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Greek - rain, rained, sends rain
Greek - rain
Greek - rain, rains
Hebrew - latter rain, rain, spring rain
Hebrew - very rainy, steady rain
Hebrew - cause rain, give rain, rained
Hebrew - rain, downpour and the rain, rains, rainy, showers of rain
Hebrew - former rain, rain, early rain
Hebrew - firs rain, autumn rain, rain
Hebrew - rain
Hebrew - rain, bring rain, rained, rained down, send rain, sent rain
Hebrew - rain
Hebrew - small rain

There are three Hebrew words used to denote the rains of different seasons,

  • Yoreh (Hosea 6:3), or moreh (Joel 2:23), denoting the former or the early rain.
  • Melqosh, the "latter rain" (Proverbs 16:15).
  • Geshem, the winter rain, "the rains." The heavy winter rain is mentioned in Genesis 7:12; Ezra 10:9; Cant 2:11. The "early" or "former" rains commence in autumn in the latter part of October or beginning of November (Deuteronomy 11:14; Joel 2:23; Compare Jeremiah 3:3), and continue to fall heavily for two months. Then the heavy "winter rains" fall from the middle of December to March. There is no prolonged fair weather in Palestine between October and March. The "latter" or spring rains fall in March and April, and serve to swell the grain then coming to maturity (Deuteronomy 11:14; Hosea 6:3). After this there is ordinarily no rain, the sky being bright and cloudless till October or November.

    Rain is referred to symbolically in Deuteronomy 32:2; Psalms 72:6; Isaiah 44:3,4; Hosea 10:12.

  • Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Rain'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
    <>. 1897.

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