Amos 5:14
New International Version
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.

New Living Translation
Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed.

English Standard Version
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.

Berean Study Bible
Seek good, not evil, so that you may live. And the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be with you, as you have claimed.

New American Standard Bible
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; And thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you, Just as you have said!

King James Bible
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

Christian Standard Bible
Pursue good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD, the God of Armies, will be with you as you have claimed.

Contemporary English Version
If you really want to live, you must stop doing wrong and start doing right. I, the LORD God All-Powerful, will then be on your side, just as you claim I am.

Good News Translation
Make it your aim to do what is right, not what is evil, so that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty really will be with you, as you claim he is.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be with you, as you have claimed.

International Standard Version
Pursue good and not evil, so that you may live, and this is what will happen: The LORD God of the Heavenly Armies will be with you, as you have been claiming.

NET Bible
Seek good and not evil so you can live! Then the LORD, the God who commands armies, just might be with you, as you claim he is.

New Heart English Bible
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you say.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Search for good instead of evil so that you may live. Then the LORD God of Armies will be with you, as you have said.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live; And so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as ye say.

New American Standard 1977
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; And thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you, Just as you have said!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Seek that which is good, and not that which is evil that ye may live; and so the LORD, the God of the hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

King James 2000 Bible
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as you have spoken.

American King James Version
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as you have spoken.

American Standard Version
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live; and so Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be with you, as ye say.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord God Almighty shall be with you, as ye have said,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Seek ye good, and not evil, that you may live: and the Lord the God of hosts will be with you, as you have said.

Darby Bible Translation
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live; and so Jehovah, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye say.

English Revised Version
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye say.

Webster's Bible Translation
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

World English Bible
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be with you, as you say.

Young's Literal Translation
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live, And it is so; Jehovah, God of Hosts, is with you, as ye said.
Study Bible
A Call to Repentance
13Therefore, the prudent keep silent in such times, for the days are evil. 14Seek good, not evil so that you may live, and the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be with you, as you have claimed. 15Hate evil and love good; establish justice in the gate. Perhaps the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”…
Cross References
Amos 5:6
Seek the LORD and live, or He will spread like fire through the house of Joseph; it will devour everything, with no one at Bethel to extinguish it.

Micah 3:11
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets practice divination for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD, saying, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster can come upon us."

Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth, who carry out His justice. Seek righteousness; seek humility. Perhaps you will be sheltered on the Day of the LORD's anger.

Treasury of Scripture

Seek good, and not evil, that you may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as you have spoken.

Seek.

Psalm 34:12-16
What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? …

Proverbs 11:27
He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

Isaiah 1:16,17
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; …

and so.

Amos 3:3
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Genesis 39:2,3,23
And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian…

Exodus 3:12
And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

as.

Numbers 16:3
And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Isaiah 48:1,2
Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness…

Jeremiah 7:3,4
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place…







Lexicon
Seek
דִּרְשׁוּ־ (dir·šū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1875: To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship

good,
ט֥וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

not
וְאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

evil
רָ֖ע (rā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

so that
לְמַ֣עַן (lə·ma·‘an)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 4616: Purpose -- intent

you may live,
תִּֽחְי֑וּ (tiḥ·yū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2421: To live, to revive

and the LORD,
יְהוָ֧ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

the God
אֱלֹהֵֽי־ (’ĕ·lō·hê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

of Hosts,
צְבָא֛וֹת (ṣə·ḇā·’ō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6635: A mass of persons, reg, organized for, war, a campaign

will be
וִיהִי־ (wî·hî-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

with you,
אִתְּכֶ֖ם (’it·tə·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

as
כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר (ka·’ă·šer)
Preposition-k | Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

you have claimed.
אֲמַרְתֶּֽם׃ (’ă·mar·tem)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say
(14, 15) Break in like a beam of sunshine in the darkness. The fearful doom, already spoken of, is after all conditional. Let a moral change be wrought in them, and even now Jehovah, God of hosts, may deign to be with them. Enlist your passions on the right side. No virtue is safe till it is enthusiastic.

Verse 14. - He repeats his loving summons to repentance, as in vers. 4, 6, showing that their only hope of safety lay in amendment of life (comp Zephaniah 2:3). Seek good, and not evil. Use that diligence and zeal in pursuing what is good which you have hitherto shown in the pursuit of evil. The Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken; or, as ye say. The Israelites fancied that, owing to their covenant relation to God, he would be always with them and ready to help them under any circumstances. Their prosperity under Jeroboam II, as Calmet remarks seemed an argument in their favour, proving that God blessed them, and that they had no cause for fear (comp. Jeremiah 7:4, etc.; Micah 3:11; Matthew 3:9; John 8:39). But really God's help and favour were conditioned by their obedience. 5:7-17 The same almighty power can, for repenting sinners, easily turn affliction and sorrow into prosperity and joy, and as easily turn the prosperity of daring sinners into utter darkness. Evil times will not bear plain dealing; that is, evil men will not. And these men were evil men indeed, when wise and good men thought it in vain even to speak to them. Those who will seek and love that which is good, may help to save the land from ruin. It behoves us to plead God's spiritual promises, to beseech him to create in us a clean heart, and to renew a right spirit within us. The Lord is ever ready to be gracious to the souls that seek him; and then piety and every duty will be attended to. But as for sinful Israel, God's judgments had often passed by them, now they shall pass through them.
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