23 They waited for me as for the rain,
    and they (A)opened their mouths as for the (B)spring rain.

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24 They do not say in their hearts,
    ‘Let us fear the Lord our God,
(A)who gives the rain in its season,
    the autumn rain and the spring rain,
and keeps for us
    (B)the weeks appointed for the harvest.’

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(A)Let us know; (B)let us press on to know the Lord;
    (C)his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us (D)as the showers,
    (E)as the spring rains that water the earth.”

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23 (A)“Be glad, O children of Zion,
    and (B)rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given (C)the early rain for your vindication;
    he has poured down for you abundant rain,
    (D)the early and (E)the latter rain, as before.

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Patience in Suffering

Be patient, therefore, brothers,[a] until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives (A)the early and the late rains.

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Footnotes

  1. James 5:7 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 10, 12, 19

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