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2. My doctrine shall drop as the rain. Some, as I think improperly, here resolve the future tense into the optative mood, f248 for in this splendid eulogium he rather celebrates, in order to commend his doctrine, the fruitfulness f249 which is actually imparted to it by the Holy Spirit, than asks for it to be given to him; and my readers must at once perceive that such a request would have been by no means seasonable. He therefore compares his speech to rain or dew, as if he had said that, if only the people were like the soil in a state of softness and preparation, he would deliver doctrine to them which would irrigate them unto abundant fruitfulness.

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