Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. Jeremiah 5:24 (KJV)

“That giveth rain.”

Which God

  • decreeth, {1}
  • prepareth, {2}
  • withholdeth {3}
  • bestoweth {4, 5}
  • for a witness {6} of his general goodness {5}
  • and special providence,
  • as a good householder. {6}


  1. Job 28:26 (KJV) When he made a decree for the rain,
    and a way for the lightning of the thunder.
  2. Psalms 147:8 (KJV) Who covereth the heaven with clouds,
    who prepareth rain for the earth,
    who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
  3. Amos 4:7 (KJV) And also I have withholden the rain from you,
    when there were yet three months to the harvest:
    and I caused it to rain upon one city,
    and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.
  4. Deuteronomy 28:12 (KJV)
    The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
  5. Matthew 5:45 (KJV)
    That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
  6. Acts 14:17 (KJV)
    Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.


The painting: Landscape with a Piping Shepherd, c. 1629-32, by Claude Lorrain (1604/1605–1682) – Own work, Public Domain,