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

New Living Translation
When God began killing them, they finally sought him. They repented and took God seriously.

English Standard Version
When he killed them, they sought him; they repented and sought God earnestly.

New American Standard Bible
When He killed them, then they sought Him, And returned and searched diligently for God;

King James Bible
When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He killed some of them, the rest began to seek Him; they repented and searched for God.

International Standard Version
When he struck them, they sought him; they repented, and eagerly sought God.

NET Bible
When he struck them down, they sought his favor; they turned back and longed for God.

New Heart English Bible
When he killed them, then they inquired after him. They returned and sought God earnestly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When he was killing them they were seeking him; they were returning and coming before his presence.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he killed [some of] them, [the rest] searched for him. They turned from their sins and eagerly looked for God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When He slew them, then they would inquire after Him, And turn back and seek God earnestly.

New American Standard 1977
When He killed them, then they sought Him,
            And returned and searched diligently for God;

Jubilee Bible 2000
When he slew them, then they sought him, and they returned and enquired early after God.

King James 2000 Bible
When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God.

American King James Version
When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God.

American Standard Version
When he slew them, then they inquired after him; And they returned and sought God earnestly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned, and came to him early in the morning.

Darby Bible Translation
When he slew them, then they sought him, and returned and sought early after God;

English Revised Version
When he slew them, then they inquired after him: and they returned and sought God early.

Webster's Bible Translation
When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God.

World English Bible
When he killed them, then they inquired after him. They returned and sought God earnestly.

Young's Literal Translation
If He slew them, then they sought Him, And turned back, and sought God earnestly,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
78:9-39. Sin dispirits men, and takes away the heart. Forgetfulness of God's works is the cause of disobedience to his laws. This narrative relates a struggle between God's goodness and man's badness. The Lord hears all our murmurings and distrusts, and is much displeased. Those that will not believe the power of God's mercy, shall feel the fire of his indignation. Those cannot be said to trust in God's salvation as their happiness at last, who can not trust his providence in the way to it. To all that by faith and prayer, ask, seek, and knock, these doors of heaven shall at any time be opened; and our distrust of God is a great aggravation of our sins. He expressed his resentment of their provocation; not in denying what they sinfully lusted after, but in granting it to them. Lust is contented with nothing. Those that indulge their lust, will never be estranged from it. Those hearts are hard indeed, that will neither be melted by the mercies of the Lord, nor broken by his judgments. Those that sin still, must expect to be in trouble still. And the reason why we live with so little comfort, and to so little purpose, is, because we do not live by faith. Under these rebukes they professed repentance, but they were not sincere, for they were not constant. In Israel's history we have a picture of our own hearts and lives. God's patience, and warnings, and mercies, imbolden them to harden their hearts against his word. And the history of kingdoms is much the same. Judgments and mercies have been little attended to, until the measure of their sins has been full. And higher advantages have not kept churches from declining from the commandments of God. Even true believers recollect, that for many a year they abused the kindness of Providence. When they come to heaven, how will they admire the Lord's patience and mercy in bringing them to his kingdom!
Study Bible
I will Open My Mouth in Parables
33So He brought their days to an end in futility And their years in sudden terror. 34When He killed them, then they sought Him, And returned and searched diligently for God; 35And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.…
Cross References
Numbers 21:7
So the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us." And Moses interceded for the people.

Judges 3:15
But when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. And the sons of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab.

Psalm 63:1
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Isaiah 26:9
At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 45:19
"I have not spoken in secret, In some dark land; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, 'Seek Me in a waste place'; I, the LORD, speak righteousness, Declaring things that are upright.

Hosea 5:15
I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.

Hosea 6:4
What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? For your loyalty is like a morning cloud And like the dew which goes away early.

Hosea 8:2
They cry out to Me, "My God, we of Israel know You!"
Treasury of Scripture

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

Numbers 21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for …

Judges 3:8,9,12-15 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold …

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

Judges 10:7-10 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them …

Isaiah 26:6 The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the …

Jeremiah 22:23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that make your nest in the cedars, how gracious …

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

Hosea 7:14 And they have not cried to me with their heart, when they howled …

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