Hosea 5:15
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New International Version
Then I will return to my lair until they have borne their guilt and seek my face-- in their misery they will earnestly seek me."

King James Bible
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

Darby Bible Translation
I will go away, I will return to my place, till they acknowledge their trespass, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

World English Bible
I will go and return to my place, until they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face. In their affliction they will seek me earnestly."

Young's Literal Translation
I go -- I turn back unto My place, Till that they are desolate, and have sought My face. In their distress they do seek Me speedily!'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will go and return to my place - I will abandon them till they acknowledge their offenses. This had the wished-for effect, as we shall see in the following chapter; for they repented and turned to God, and he had mercy upon them. These two verses are considered as instances of the true sublime.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

return.

Hosea 5:6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

Exodus 25:21,22 And you shall put the mercy seat above on the ark; and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you...

1 Kings 8:10-13 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD...

Psalm 132:14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.

Isaiah 26:21 For, behold, the LORD comes out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity...

Ezekiel 8:6 He said furthermore to me, Son of man, see you what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here...

Ezekiel 10:4 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud...

Ezekiel 11:23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the middle of the city, and stood on the mountain which is on the east side of the city.

Micah 1:3 For, behold, the LORD comes forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread on the high places of the earth.

till.

Hosea 14:1-3 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity...

Leviticus 26:40-42 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me...

Deuteronomy 4:29-31 But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul...

Deuteronomy 30:1-3 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come on you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you...

1 Kings 8:47,48 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were carried captives, and repent...

2 Chronicles 6:36,37 If they sin against you, (for there is no man which sins not,) and you be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies...

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways...

Nehemiah 1:8,9 Remember, I beseech you, the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, If you transgress...

Job 33:27 He looks on men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;

Isaiah 64:5-9 You meet him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember you in your ways: behold, you are wroth; for we have sinned...

Jeremiah 3:13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the LORD your God...

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

Jeremiah 31:18-20 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke...

Ezekiel 6:9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations where they shall be carried captives...

Ezekiel 20:43 And there shall you remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein you have been defiled...

Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good...

Daniel 9:4-12 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God...

acknowledge their offence. Heb. be guilty. in their.

Judges 4:3 And the children of Israel cried to the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron...

Judges 6:6,7 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried to the LORD...

Judges 10:10-16 And the children of Israel cried to the LORD, saying, We have sinned against you, both because we have forsaken our God...

2 Chronicles 33:12,13 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers...

Job 27:8-10 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul...

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

Psalm 78:34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God.

Psalm 83:16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek your name, O LORD.

Proverbs 1:27,28 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes on you...

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Isaiah 26:9,16 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you early...

Jeremiah 2:27 Saying to a stock, You are my father; and to a stone, You have brought me forth: for they have turned their back to me...

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

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the door, and you begin to stand without, and to knock at the door...

Library
'Physicians of no Value'
'When Ephralm saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to Assyria, and sent to king Jareb: but he is not able to heal you, neither shall he cure you of your wound.'--HOSEA v. 13 (R.V.). The long tragedy which ended in the destruction of the Northern Kingdom by Assyrian invasion was already beginning to develop in Hosea's time. The mistaken politics of the kings of Israel led them to seek an ally where they should have dreaded an enemy. As Hosea puts it in figurative fashion, Ephraim's
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Assyrian Captivity
The closing years of the ill-fated kingdom of Israel were marked with violence and bloodshed such as had never been witnessed even in the worst periods of strife and unrest under the house of Ahab. For two centuries and more the rulers of the ten tribes had been sowing the wind; now they were reaping the whirlwind. King after king was assassinated to make way for others ambitious to rule. "They have set up kings," the Lord declared of these godless usurpers, "but not by Me: they have made princes,
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Hosea
The book of Hosea divides naturally into two parts: i.-iii. and iv.-xiv., the former relatively clear and connected, the latter unusually disjointed and obscure. The difference is so unmistakable that i.-iii. have usually been assigned to the period before the death of Jeroboam II, and iv.-xiv. to the anarchic period which succeeded. Certainly Hosea's prophetic career began before the end of Jeroboam's reign, as he predicts the fall of the reigning dynasty, i. 4, which practically ended with Jeroboam's
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Genesis 42:21
They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress has come on us."

Leviticus 26:40
"'But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors--their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me,

Numbers 21:7
The people came to Moses and said, "We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us." So Moses prayed for the people.

Psalm 50:15
and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."

Psalm 78:34
Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again.

Isaiah 18:4
This is what the LORD says to me: "I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."

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.

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