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Jacob's Dew

Dew is generally defined as water vapor in the air that condenses on a cool surface during the night (i.e. warm air is able to hold more moisture than cool air), hence grass becomes wet when the "dew point" is reached during night cooling. In very dry areas, there is not enough moisture in the air to produce dew, however if the arid area is adjacent to a large body of water, dew can still happen, but in a different way. At night, moisture-laden winds from the sea are drawn in over the more rapidly-cooling dry land surface where it condenses into a fine mist that waters the vegetation, i.e. the "dew of heaven" (see Heavens Below, Heavens Above)

"Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven"

Even if you lived (or live, the principle has not changed from ancient times) in a very dry area, it is still a blessing to be located where the "dew of heaven" happened, such as in the example of Isaac's blessing upon Jacob, who God renamed Israel:

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"And his father Isaac [see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience] said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son."

"And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which The Lord hath blessed: Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee." (Genesis 27:26-29 KJV)

Jacob's brother Esau, much of whose territory was to be to the east, was too distant from the sea for the blessings of "the dew of heaven":

"And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck" (Genesis 27:39-40 KJV)

The dew of heaven was a part of the blessing of the Promised Land:

"And of Joseph he said, Blessed of The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren" (Deuteronomy 33:13-16 KJV)

"Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn [i.e. grain of all sorts, see Corn] and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by The Lord" (Deuteronomy 33:28-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is the "dew of heaven" applied in terms of salvation for all people?
See Living Waters and Physical and Spiritual Israel


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