Isaiah 55:6
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New International Version
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

New Living Translation
Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.

English Standard Version
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;

New American Standard Bible
Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.

King James Bible
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Seek the LORD while He may be found; call to Him while He is near.

International Standard Version
"Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.

NET Bible
Seek the LORD while he makes himself available; call to him while he is nearby!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Seek the LORD while he may be found. Call on him while he is near.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near:

King James 2000 Bible
Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you upon him while he is near:

American King James Version
Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

American Standard Version
Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found: call upon him, while he is near.

Darby Bible Translation
Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.

English Revised Version
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Webster's Bible Translation
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

World English Bible
Seek Yahweh while he may be found; call you on him while he is near:

Young's Literal Translation
Seek ye Jehovah, while He is found, Call ye Him, while He is near,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

55:6-13 Here is a gracious offer of pardon, and peace, and of all happiness. It shall not be in vain to seek God, now his word is calling to us, and his Spirit is striving with us. But there is a day coming when he will not be found. There may come such a time in this life; it is certain that at death and judgment the door will be shut. There must be not only a change of the way, but a change of the mind. We must alter our judgments about persons and things. It is not enough to break off from evil practices, we must strive against evil thoughts. To repent is to return to our Lord, against whom we have rebelled. If we do so, God will multiply to pardon, as we have multiplied to offend. But let none trifle with this plenteous mercy, or use it as an occasion to sin. Men's thoughts concerning sin, Christ, and holiness, concerning this world and the other, vastly differ from God's; but in nothing more than in the matter of pardon. We forgive, and cannot forget; but when God forgives sin, he remembers it no more. The power of his word in the kingdoms of providence and grace, is as certain as in that of nature. Sacred truth produces a spiritual change in the mind of men, which neither rain nor snow can make on the earth. It shall not return to the Lord without producing important effects. If we take a special view of the church, we shall find what great things God has done, and will do for it. The Jews shall come to their own land; this shall represent the blessings promised. Gospel grace will make a great change in men. Delivered from the wrath to come, the converted sinner finds peace in his conscience; and love constrains him to devote himself to the service of his Redeemer. Instead of being profane, contentious, selfish, or sensual, behold him patient, humble, kind, and peaceable. The hope of helping in such a work should urge us to spread the gospel of salvation. And do thou help us, O Spirit of all truth, to have such views of the fulness, freeness, and greatness of the rich mercy in Christ, as may remove from us all narrow views of sovereign grace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Seek ye the Lord. Again the strain changes. The people are once more addressed, but in a tone of reproach. Israel must "seek the Lord" without delay, or the opportunity will be past; God will have withdrawn himself from them. He "will not alway be chiding, neither keepeth he his anger for ever" (Psalm 103:9).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found,.... The Lord is to be sought unto at all times, whenever the people of God meet together, especially on sabbath days, and while the external ministry of the word lasts, and life itself; so the Targum,

"seek the fear of the Lord, while ye are alive.''

Kimchi compares it with Ecclesiastes 9:10. The Jewish writers, as Aben Ezra and others, generally interpret it before the sealing of the decree, or before the decree is gone forth. It may be understood of place, as well as time, and be rendered, "seek the Lord in the place where he may be found" (l); God is to be found, as Aben Ezra observes, in all places, and at all times; under the Old Testament there was a particular place appointed for the worship of God, the tabernacle and temple, where he was to be sought unto, and might be found; under the New Testament, all places are alike, and wherever the church and people of God meet together, there he is to be sought, and there he may be found, even in his house and ordinances:

call ye upon him while he is near; the same thing designed by different words: seeking and calling design not only prayer, but the whole of public worship, and the time and place when and where the Lord is to be found, and is near. Aben Ezra thinks it refers to the Shechinah in the sanctuary. Perhaps it may have some respect to the time of Christ's incarnation, and his being in the land of Judea; and to the destruction of the temple by the Romans, when the Lord could be no more sought unto, and found in that place; or when the Christians were obliged to move from Jerusalem, because of the siege of it; and when the Jews had no more an opportunity of hearing the Gospel there.

(l) So in the Jerusalem Talmud, as quoted by Abendana on the place,

"seek the Lord, where he is found, in the synagogues, and in the schools; call upon him, where he is near, in the synagogues, and in the schools.''

And so another Jewish writer, mentioned by him, interprets the words,

"whilst the Shechinah is found in the sanctuary; before he hides his face, and causes his Shechinah to remove from you.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. The condition and limit in the obtaining of the spiritual benefits (Isa 55:1-3): (1) Seek the Lord. (2) Seek Him while He is to be found (Isa 65:1; Ps 32:6; Mt 25:1-13; Joh 7:34; 8:21; 2Co 6:2; Heb 2:3; 3:13, 15).

call—casting yourselves wholly on His mercy (Ro 10:13). Stronger than "seek"; so "near" is more positive than "while He may be found" (Ro 10:8, 9).

near—propitious (Ps 34:18; 145:18).

Isaiah 55:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Invitation to the Needy
5"Behold, you will call a nation you do not know, And a nation which knows you not will run to you, Because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you." 6Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. 7Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:7
What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?

Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Psalm 32:6
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.

Isaiah 26:9
My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 45:19
I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob's descendants, 'Seek me in vain.' I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.

Isaiah 45:22
"Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.

Isaiah 49:8
This is what the LORD says: "In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances,

Isaiah 58:9
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

Isaiah 65:10
Sharon will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds, for my people who seek me.

Isaiah 65:24
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

Jeremiah 25:5
They said, "Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices, and you can stay in the land the LORD gave to you and your ancestors for ever and ever.

Jeremiah 29:14
I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."

Jeremiah 33:3
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'

Ezekiel 14:6
"Therefore say to the people of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!

Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?'

Daniel 4:27
Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue."

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.

Jonah 3:8
But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have …

Job 8:5 If you would seek to God betimes, and make your supplication to the Almighty;

Psalm 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if …

Psalm 27:8 When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, …

Psalm 32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray to you in a time when …

Psalm 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the …

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

Amos 5:6 Seek the LORD, and you shall live; lest he break out like fire in …

Matthew 5:25 Agree with your adversary quickly, whiles you are in the way with …

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Matthew 25:11,12 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us…

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the …

John 7:33,34 Then said Jesus to them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then …

John 8:21 Then said Jesus again to them, I go my way, and you shall seek me, …

John 12:35,36 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. …

2 Corinthians 6:1,2 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you …

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the …

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any …

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Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy …

Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation …

Deuteronomy 4:7 For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as …

Psalm 75:1 To you, O God, do we give thanks, to you do we give thanks: for that …

Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth.

Psalm 148:14 He also exalts the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; …

Ezekiel 8:6 He said furthermore to me, Son of man, see you what they do? even …

Ephesians 3:13 Why I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

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