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23 Children of Zion, delight
    and rejoice in the Lord, your God!
For he has faithfully given you the early rain,[a]
    sending rain down on you,
    the early and the late rains as before.(A)

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  1. 2:23 This autumn rain teaches the people to recognize God’s compassionate presence in nature and history. There is a play on the double meaning of the Hebrew word moreh: “early rain” and “teacher.” In the Dead Sea Scrolls, the word is used in the phrase “teacher (= moreh) of righteousness.”

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