Psalm 27:8
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New International Version
My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.

New Living Translation
My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me." And my heart responds, "LORD, I am coming."

English Standard Version
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”

New American Standard Bible
When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek."

King James Bible
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My heart says this about You," You are to seek My face." LORD, I will seek Your face.

International Standard Version
My mind recalls your word, "Seek my face," so your face, LORD, I will seek.

NET Bible
My heart tells me to pray to you, and I do pray to you, O LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My heart said to you: “My face seeks your face; be my helper Lord Jehovah.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[When you said,] "Seek my face," my heart said to you, "O LORD, I will seek your face."

JPS Tanakh 1917
In Thy behalf my heart hath said: 'Seek ye My face'; Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

New American Standard 1977
When Thou didst say, “Seek My face,” my heart said to Thee,
            “Thy face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
My heart has spoken unto me from thee, Seek my face. Thy face, O LORD, will I seek.

King James 2000 Bible
When you said, Seek my face; my heart said unto you, your face, LORD, will I seek.

American King James Version
When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, LORD, will I seek.

American Standard Version
When thou saidst , Seek ye my face; My heart said unto thee, Thy face, Jehovah, will I seek.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek.

Darby Bible Translation
My heart said for thee, Seek ye my face. Thy face, O Jehovah, will I seek.

English Revised Version
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Webster's Bible Translation
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said to thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

World English Bible
When you said, "Seek my face," my heart said to you, "I will seek your face, Yahweh."

Young's Literal Translation
To Thee said my heart 'They sought my face, Thy face, O Jehovah, I seek.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:7-14 Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lying vanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our own mercies in him. The call is general, Seek ye my face; but we must apply it to ourselves, I will seek it. The word does us no good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: a gracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmist requests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presence with him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit of Divine protection. God's time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief which supported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean time he should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let us look unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to be delivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent prayer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. The order of the words in the original is as follows: "To thee said my heart - Seek ye my face - thy face, Lord, will I seek." And the full meaning seems to he, "To thee said my heart - Hast thou said unto men, Seek ye my face? I for one will obey thee - Thy face, Lord, will I seek." The command, "Seek ye my face," had been given by David to the people on the day that he set up the ark upon Mount Zion (1 Chronicles 16:11). It was probably regarded as implied in Deuteronomy 4:29.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When thou saidst, seek ye my face,.... To seek the face of the Lord is to attend his house and ordinances, where he grants his presence; and with this view to enjoy his gracious presence, and the light of his countenance, not being content with bare attendance without it; it is to seek the Lord himself, and communion with him through Christ, the brightness of his glory, and the Angel of his presence; for the right way of seeking the Lord is in Christ, who is the way of access to him, and of acceptance and fellowship with him; and that by prayer and supplication for his sake, and with all the heart and soul; and this the Lord calls upon his people to do, in his word, in his providences, and by his Spirit moving upon their hearts, and inclining them to it, as follows;

my heart said unto thee, thy face, Lord, will I:seek: it is an encouragement to believers to seek the Lord when he calls them to it; for it is a command with promise, that they shall find him, see his face, and enjoy his favour; and he never says to any, "seek ye my face, in vain"; and they always find it good for them to draw nigh to him: and as it is the best way of seeking God, when the heart is engaged in it, so it is a token for good; and it looks as though the Lord had a mind to manifest himself, and grant the favour sought for, when he inclines the hearts of his people to pray unto him for it; and this the psalmist makes mention of as taking encouragement from it, to hope and believe that the Lord would hear and answer him, and have mercy on him; because he had bid him seek his face, and he found his heart ready to do it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. The meaning is clear, though the construction in a literal translation is obscure. The English Version supplies the implied clause. To seek God's face is to seek His favor (Ps 105:4).

Psalm 27:8 Additional Commentaries
The Lord is My Salvation
7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me. 8When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek." 9Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!…
Cross References
Psalm 16:8
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 24:6
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.

Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 105:4
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

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.
Treasury of Scripture

When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, LORD, will I seek.

When. or, My heart said unto thee, Let my face seek thy face

Psalm 24:6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek your face, …

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

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

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, …


Psalm 63:1,2 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Psalm 119:58 I entreated your favor with my whole heart: be merciful to me according …

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

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