it is correctly said to have come to be upon the earth or to be upon the earth. Therefore, Scripture added, "For God had not yet made it rain upon the earth." 18.
The Meaning of Verse Five: Why It Had Not Yet Rained upon
Now God also makes the green of the field, but by raining upon the earth; that is, he makes souls become green again by his word. 19. But he waters them from the clouds, that is, from the writings of the prophets and apostles. They are correctly called clouds, because these words which sound and pass away after they strike the air become like clouds when there is added the obscurity of allegories like a fog that has been drawn over them. 20. When they are pressed by study, the rain of truth, so to speak, is poured out on those who understand well. But it was not already this way before the soul sinned, that is, before the green of the field was upon the earth. "For God had not yet made it rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work on it." 21. For the rain from the clouds, which we have already mentioned, is necessary for man who is laboring on the earth. After sin man began to____________________
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Publication information: Book title: On Genesis:Two Books on Genesis against the Manichees; And, on the Literal Interpretation of Genesis, an Unfinished Book. Contributors: Saint Augustine - Author, Roland J. S. J. Teske - Unknown. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 98.
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