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Daily Bible Verse - 8/19/2007 - Hosea 6:3

NIV Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.
KJV Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
NASB So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.
Hosea 6:3
God's restored presence and blessings would be like the rain that waters and renews the earth.

Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson's new illustrated Bible commentary (Ho 6:3). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

"former rains" and "latter rains" (KJV)
Farmers in Palestine counted on the "former rains" of fall, which permitted seeds to germinate and seedlings to develop into strong plants. Equally essential were the "latter rains" of February and March, which enabled plants to mature in the following months.

Packer, J., Tenney, M. C., & White, W. (1997, c1995). Nelson's illustrated manners and customs of the Bible (184). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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