Hosea 5:6
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New International Version
When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, they will not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

New Living Translation
When they come with their flocks and herds to offer sacrifices to the LORD, they will not find him, because he has withdrawn from them.

English Standard Version
With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them.

New American Standard Bible
They will go with their flocks and herds To seek the LORD, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them.

King James Bible
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD but do not find Him; He has withdrawn from them.

International Standard Version
They will go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them.

NET Bible
Although they bring their flocks and herds to seek the favor of the LORD, They will not find him--he has withdrawn himself from them!

New Heart English Bible
They will go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they won't find him. He has withdrawn himself from them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They go with their sheep and their cattle to search for the LORD, but they can't find him. He has left them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
With their flocks and with their herds they shall go To seek the LORD, but they shall not find Him; He hath withdrawn Himself from them.

New American Standard 1977
They will go with their flocks and herds
            To seek the LORD, but they will not find Him;
            He has withdrawn from them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds seeking the LORD; but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

King James 2000 Bible
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

American King James Version
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

American Standard Version
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Jehovah; but they shall not find him: he hath withdrawn himself from them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With their flocks, and with their herds, they shall go to seek the Lord, and shall not find him: he is withdrawn from them.

Darby Bible Translation
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Jehovah; but they shall not find [him]: he hath withdrawn himself from them.

English Revised Version
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him: he hath withdrawn himself from them.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.

World English Bible
They will go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Yahweh; but they won't find him. He has withdrawn himself from them.

Young's Literal Translation
With their flock and with their herd, They go to seek Jehovah, and do not find, He hath withdrawn from them.
Study Bible
God's Judgment on Israel and Judah
5Moreover, the pride of Israel testifies against him, And Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also has stumbled with them. 6They will go with their flocks and herds To seek the LORD, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them. 7They have dealt treacherously against the LORD, For they have borne illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their land.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:28
"Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,

Isaiah 1:15
"So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

Jeremiah 11:14
"Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not listen when they call to Me because of their disaster.

Jeremiah 14:12
"When they fast, I am not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to make an end of them by the sword, famine and pestilence."

Ezekiel 8:6
And He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations."

Hosea 8:13
As for My sacrificial gifts, They sacrifice the flesh and eat it, But the LORD has taken no delight in them. Now He will remember their iniquity, And punish them for their sins; They will return to Egypt.

Amos 5:21
"I hate, I reject your festivals, Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.

Micah 6:6
With what shall I come to the LORD And bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves?

Micah 6:7
Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Malachi 1:10
"Oh that there were one among you who would shut the gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you," says the LORD of hosts, "nor will I accept an offering from you.
Treasury of Scripture

They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

go.

Exodus 10:9,24-26 And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with …

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he …

Jeremiah 7:4 Trust you not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The …

Micah 6:6,7 With which shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the …

they.

Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek …

Isaiah 1:11-15 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the …

Isaiah 66:3 He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a …

Jeremiah 11:11 Therefore thus said the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil on them, …

Lamentations 3:44 You have covered yourself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.

Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: my eye shall not spare, neither …

Amos 5:21-23 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn …

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will …

John 7:34 You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither …

he.

Songs 5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and …

Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

(6) The vain effort to repent when it is too late. The spirit with which sacrifices of flocks and herds were offered is of more consequence than the multitude of such oblations (Micah 3:4; Isaiah 1:11; Psalm 40:6). Ghastly and revolting results follow the substitution of ritual of any kind for the weightier matter of the law.

Verse 6. - They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord. In this way they attempt to break, if not pro-vent, their fall. With numerous and costly sacrifices they endeavor to propitiate Jehovah. With sheep and goats out of their flocks, and with bullocks and heifers out of their herd, they try to make reparation for the past or to secure present and future favor. But in vain. Israel might go to Bethel and Judah to Jerusalem; but to no purpose. They shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself. Their repentance came too late; or when it did come it wanted sincerity; or it was a wrong motive which prompted it - fear of approaching calamity and not love to their Creator; or their sins ran parallel with their sacrifice. Forgetting that obedience is better than sacrifice, they cherished a disobedient spirit or continued in their course of disobedience notwithstanding their outward sacrificial service. For one cause or other they fail in their efforts to find him; for, instead of being a present help in time of trouble, he has withdrawn beyond their reach; he has removed the Shechinah-glory of his presence from among them; or he has loosed himself from all those ties that once bound him in mercy to them, just as a husband frees himself from all responsibilities and disarms all liabilities on behalf of a faithless partner whom he has been forced to divorce. And such is the specific reason assigned in the next verse. They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord,.... Not only the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, to whom Kimchi, Aben Ezra, and Abarbinel, restrain the words; but the ten tribes of Israel also, who, when in distress, and seeing ruin coming upon them, should seek the Lord; seek help from him against their enemies, and the pardon of their sins; seek his face and favour, and to appease his wrath, by bringing a multitude of sacrifices out of their flocks and herds; such a number of them, as if they brought all their flocks and herds with them; but not with true repentance for their sins, nor with faith in the great sacrifice, which legal sacrifices, rightly performed, prefigured. Kimchi refers this to the times of Josiah; but, as it respects Israel as well as Judah, it seems to design some time a little before the ruin of them both:

but they shall not find him; shall not find grace and mercy with him; he will not be favourable to them, will not afford them any help, but give them up to utter ruin and destruction; as he did Israel at the Assyrian captivity, and Judah at the Babylonish captivity:

he hath withdrawn himself from them; the glory of the Lord departed from them; his Shechinah, or divine Majesty, as the Targum, removed from them, because of their idolatry, and other sins; they sought him not where and while he was to be found; and therefore, when they sought him, found him not, because he had withdrawn his presence from among them, being provoked by their iniquities. 6. with … flocks—to propitiate Jehovah (Isa 1:11-15).

seek … not find—because it is slavish fear that leads them to seek Him; and because it then shall be too late (Pr 1:28; Joh 7:34).5:1-7 The piercing eye of God saw secret liking and disposition to sin, the love the house of Israel had to their sins, and the dominion their sins had over them. Pride makes men obstinate in other sins. And as Judah was treading in the same steps, they would fall with Israel. By dealing treacherously with the Lord, men only deceive themselves. Those that go to seek the Lord with their flocks and their herds only, and not with their hearts and souls, cannot expect to find him; nor shall any speed who do not seek the Lord while he may be found. See how much it is our concern to seek God early, now, while it is the accepted time, and the day of salvation.
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