Amos 5:14
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New International Version
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.

New Living Translation
Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the LORD God of Heaven's Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed.

English Standard Version
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.

New American Standard Bible
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; And thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you, Just as you have said!

King James Bible
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be with you, as you have claimed.

International Standard Version
Pursue good and not evil, so that you may live, and this is what will happen: The LORD God of the Heavenly Armies will be with you, as you have been claiming.

NET Bible
Seek good and not evil so you can live! Then the LORD, the God who commands armies, just might be with you, as you claim he is.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Search for good instead of evil so that you may live. Then the LORD God of Armies will be with you, as you have said.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Seek that which is good, and not that which is evil that ye may live; and so the LORD, the God of the hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

King James 2000 Bible
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as you have spoken.

American King James Version
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as you have spoken.

American Standard Version
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live; and so Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be with you, as ye say.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Seek ye good, and not evil, that you may live: and the Lord the God of hosts will be with you, as you have said.

Darby Bible Translation
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live; and so Jehovah, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye say.

English Revised Version
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye say.

Webster's Bible Translation
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

World English Bible
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be with you, as you say.

Young's Literal Translation
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live, And it is so; Jehovah, God of Hosts, is with you, as ye said.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:7-17 The same almighty power can, for repenting sinners, easily turn affliction and sorrow into prosperity and joy, and as easily turn the prosperity of daring sinners into utter darkness. Evil times will not bear plain dealing; that is, evil men will not. And these men were evil men indeed, when wise and good men thought it in vain even to speak to them. Those who will seek and love that which is good, may help to save the land from ruin. It behoves us to plead God's spiritual promises, to beseech him to create in us a clean heart, and to renew a right spirit within us. The Lord is ever ready to be gracious to the souls that seek him; and then piety and every duty will be attended to. But as for sinful Israel, God's judgments had often passed by them, now they shall pass through them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - He repeats his loving summons to repentance, as in vers. 4, 6, showing that their only hope of safety lay in amendment of life (comp Zephaniah 2:3). Seek good, and not evil. Use that diligence and zeal in pursuing what is good which you have hitherto shown in the pursuit of evil. The Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken; or, as ye say. The Israelites fancied that, owing to their covenant relation to God, he would be always with them and ready to help them under any circumstances. Their prosperity under Jeroboam II, as Calmet remarks seemed an argument in their favour, proving that God blessed them, and that they had no cause for fear (comp. Jeremiah 7:4, etc.; Micah 3:11; Matthew 3:9; John 8:39). But really God's help and favour were conditioned by their obedience.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Seek good, and not evil,.... Seek not unto, or after, evil persons and evil things; not the company and conversation of evil men, which is infectious and dangerous; nor anything that is evil, or has the appearance of it, especially the evil of evils, sin; which is hateful to God, contrary to his nature and will; is evil in its own nature, and bad in its consequences, and therefore not to be sought, but shunned and avoided; but seek that which is good, persons and things: seek the "summum bonnum", "the chief good", God, who is essentially, perfectly, immutably, and communicatively good, the fountain of all goodness, and the portion of his people; seek Christ the good Saviour and sacrifice, the good Shepherd, and the good Samaritan, who is good in all his relations, as a father, husband, and friend, and in whom all good things are laid up; seek the good Spirit of God, who works good things in his people, and shows good things to them, and is the Comforter of them; seek to him for assistance in prayer, and to help in the exercise of every grace, and in the discharge of every duty, and as the guide into all truth, and to eternal glory; seek the good ways of God, the way of truth, the path of faith and holiness, and especially the good way to the Father, the way of life and salvation by Christ; seek the good word of God, the Scriptures of truth, the promises contained in them, and the Gospel of them; seek the company of good men, and that good part that shall not be taken away, the true grace of God, the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; seek the glories of another world, the goodness of God laid up, the best things which are reserved to last:

that ye may live; comfortably, spiritually, and eternally, which is the consequence of all this; See Gill on Amos 5:4; See Gill on Amos 5:6;

and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken; as they used to say, and boasted of; though they had not the temple, the ark of the testimony, the symbols of the divine Presence, as Judah had; but this they would have in reality, both his gracious presence here, and his glorious presence hereafter, did they truly and rightly seek those things; than which nothing is more desirable to good men, or can make them more comfortable, or more happy. The Targum is,

"seek to do well, and not to do ill, that ye may live; and then the word of the Lord God of hosts shall be your help, as ye have said.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. and so—on condition of your "seeking good."

shall be with you, as ye have spoken—as ye have boasted; namely, that God is with you, and that you are His people (Mic 3:11).

Amos 5:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Repentance
13Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time. 14Seek good and not evil, that you may live; And thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you, Just as you have said! 15Hate evil, love good, And establish justice in the gate! Perhaps the LORD God of hosts May be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
Cross References
Amos 5:6
Seek the LORD and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire; it will devour them, and Bethel will have no one to quench it.

Micah 3:11
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they look for the LORD's support and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us."

Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger.
Treasury of Scripture

Seek good, and not evil, that you may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as you have spoken.

Seek.

Psalm 34:12-16 What man is he that desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good…

Proverbs 11:27 He that diligently seeks good procures favor: but he that seeks mischief, …

Isaiah 1:16,17 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor …

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require …

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

Romans 2:7-9 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

and so.

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Genesis 39:2,3,23 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he …

Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with you; and this shall be a token …

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not …

1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, …

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, Hear you me, Asa, and …

Psalm 46:11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Isaiah 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nothing; speak the word, …

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

Philippians 4:8,9 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

2 Timothy 4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

as.

Numbers 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, …

Isaiah 48:1,2 Hear you this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of …

Jeremiah 7:3,4 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and …

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

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