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Rain. "Early rain" signifies the rain of the autumn, Deuteronomy 11:14, and "latter rain" the rain of spring. Proverbs 16:15. For six months in the year, from May to October, no rain falls, the whole land becomes dry, parched, and brown. The early rains commence about the latter part of October, continuing through November and December. Rain continues to fall more or less during the month of March; it is very rare in April. Robinson observes that there are not, at the present day, "any particular periods of rain or succession of showers which might be regarded as distinct rainy seasons. The whole period from October to March now constitutes only one continued season of rain, without any regularly intervening term of prolonged fine weather, unless, therefore, there has been some change in the climate the early and the latter rains, for which the husbandman waited with longing, seem rather to have implied the first showers of autumn—which revived the parched and thirsty soil and prepared it for the seed—and the later showers of spring, which continued to refresh and forward both the ripening crops and the vernal products of the fields. James 5:7; Proverbs 16:15. The rainbow was appointed as a sign that God would not again destroy the earth by a flood. Genesis 9:12-17.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Rain'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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