Hosea 10:12
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New International Version
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.

New Living Translation
I said, 'Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.'

English Standard Version
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

New American Standard Bible
Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.

King James Bible
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the LORD until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.

International Standard Version
Sow in righteousness in your own interest, reap in gracious love, break up your own unprepared ground; It is now time to inquire of the LORD, until he comes to pour out righteousness for you.

NET Bible
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap unfailing love. Break up the unplowed ground for yourselves, for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers deliverance on you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Break new ground. Plant righteousness, and harvest the fruit that your loyalty will produce for me." It's time to seek the LORD! When he comes, he will rain righteousness on you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Sow to yourselves according to righteousness, Reap according to mercy, Break up your fallow ground; For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He come and cause righteousness to rain upon you.

New American Standard 1977
Sow with a view to righteousness,
            Reap in accordance with kindness;
            Break up your fallow ground,
            For it is time to seek the LORD
            Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sow yourselves unto righteousness, reap yourselves unto mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is the time to seek the LORD until he comes and teaches you righteousness.

King James 2000 Bible
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he comes and rains righteousness upon you.

American King James Version
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness on you.

American Standard Version
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap according to kindness; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek Jehovah, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sow for yourselves in justice, and reap in the mouth of mercy, break up your fallow ground: but the time to seek the Lord is, when he shall come that shall teach you justice.

Darby Bible Translation
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap according to mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek Jehovah, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

English Revised Version
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap according to mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he shall come and reign righteousness upon you.

World English Bible
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap according to kindness. Break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek Yahweh, until he comes and rains righteousness on you.

Young's Literal Translation
Sow for yourselves in righteousness, Reap according to loving-kindness, Till for yourselves tillage of knowledge, To seek Jehovah, Till he come and shew righteousness to you.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:9-15 Because God does not desire the death and ruin of sinners, therefore in mercy he desires their chastisement. The children of iniquity still remained in Israel. The enemies would be gathered against them. It is just with God to make those know what hardships mean, who indulge themselves in ease and pleasure. Let them cleanse their hearts from all corrupt affections and lusts, and be a broken and contrite spirit. Let them abound in works of piety towards God, and of justice and charity towards one another: herein let them sow to the Spirit. Seeking the Lord is to be every day's work, but there are special occasions when to seek him. Christ shall come as the Lord our righteousness, and grant us of it abundantly. If we sow in righteousness, we shall reap according to mercy; a reward not of debt, but of grace. Even the gains of sin yield the sinner no satisfaction. As our comforts, so our confidences in the service of sin will certainly fail us. Come and seek the Lord, and thy hope in him shall not deceive thee. See what cruel work war makes. Whatever mischief is done, it is sin that does it. What miseries men's sins bring on them, even in this world!
Study Bible
Retribution for Israel's Sin
11Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh, But I will come over her fair neck with a yoke; I will harness Ephraim, Judah will plow, Jacob will harrow for himself. 12Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. 13You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors,…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 9:10
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your store of seed and will increase the harvest of your righteousness.

James 3:18
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap the fruit of righteousness.

Proverbs 11:18
The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants;

Isaiah 45:8
"Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD, have created it.

Isaiah 48:18
"If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Jeremiah 4:3
For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, "Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns.

Hosea 6:3
"So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth."

Hosea 12:6
Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually.

Hosea 14:1
Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
Treasury of Scripture

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness on you.

Sow.

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it …

Psalm 126:5,6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy…

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love …

Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your …

Isaiah 32:20 Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither …

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

break.

Jeremiah 4:3,4 For thus said the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up …

time.

Psalm 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face ever more.

Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and …

Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

Jeremiah 29:12-14 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and in that time, said the LORD, the children of Israel …

Amos 5:4,6,8,15 For thus said the LORD to the house of Israel, Seek you me, and you …

Zephaniah 2:1-3 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O nation not desired…

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

rain.

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Psalm 72:6 He shall come down like rain on the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there …

Isaiah 30:23 Then shall he give the rain of your seed, that you shall sow the …

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods on the dry …

Isaiah 45:8 Drop down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: …

Ezekiel 34:26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; …

Acts 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those …

1 Corinthians 3:6,7 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase…

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