Water from the air condensed on a cool surface, usually overnight. Its presence is of prime importance if plants are to survive the hot dry months (May‚ÄďAugust) in Palestine when no rain falls. It is thus a sign of blessing (Gen 27:28), nourishment (Deut 32:2), peace (Ps 133:3), royal favor (Prov 19:12), relief from heat (Isa 18:4), life for the dead (Isa 26:19), the environment of animals (Dan 4:25), short-term loyalty (Hos 6:4), or the promise of good life (Mic 5:7).

Gen 27:28

28May God give you of the dew of heaven,
and of the fatness of the earth,
and plenty of grain and wine.

Deut 32:2

2May my teaching drop like the rain,
my speech condense like the dew;
like gentle rain on grass,
like showers on new growth.

Ps 133:3

3It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
life forevermore.

Prov 19:12

12A king's anger is like the growling of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Isa 18:4

4For thus the Lord said to me:
I will quietly look from my dwelling
like clear heat in sunshine,
like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

Isa 26:19

19Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise.
O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
For your dew is a radiant dew,
and the earth will give birth t ... View more

Dan 4:25

25You shall be driven away from human society, and your dwelling shall be with the wild animals. You shall be made to eat grass like oxen, you shall be bathed w ... View more

Hos 6:4

Impenitence of Israel and Judah
4What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that go ... View more

Mic 5:7

The Future Role of the Remnant
7Then the remnant of Jacob,
surrounded by many peoples,
shall be like dew from the Lord,
like showers on the grass,
which do not ... View more

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