Amos 5:4
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New International Version
This is what the LORD says to Israel: "Seek me and live;

New Living Translation
Now this is what the LORD says to the family of Israel: "Come back to me and live!

English Standard Version
For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: “Seek me and live;

Berean Study Bible
For this is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: “Seek Me and live!

New American Standard Bible
For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, "Seek Me that you may live.

King James Bible
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:

Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD says to the house of Israel: Seek me and live!

Contemporary English Version
The LORD keeps saying, "Israel, turn back to me and you will live!

Good News Translation
The LORD says to the people of Israel, "Come to me, and you will live.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD says to the house of Israel: Seek Me and live!

International Standard Version
"For this is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: 'Seek me and live,

NET Bible
The LORD says this to the family of Israel: "Seek me so you can live!

New Heart English Bible
For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: "Seek me, and you will live;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the LORD says to the nation of Israel: Search for me and live!

JPS Tanakh 1917
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel: Seek ye Me, and live;

New American Standard 1977
For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, “Seek Me that you may live.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thus hath the LORD said unto the house of Israel, Seek me, and ye shall live:

King James 2000 Bible
For thus says the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek me, and you shall live:

American King James Version
For thus said the LORD to the house of Israel, Seek you me, and you shall live:

American Standard Version
For thus saith Jehovah unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thus saith the Lord to the house of Israel: Seek ye me, and you shall live.

Darby Bible Translation
For thus saith Jehovah unto the house of Israel: Seek ye me, and ye shall live.

English Revised Version
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:

Webster's Bible Translation
For thus saith the LORD to the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:

World English Bible
For thus says Yahweh to the house of Israel: "Seek me, and you will live;

Young's Literal Translation
For thus said Jehovah to the house of Israel: Seek ye Me, and live,
Study Bible
A Call to Repentance
4For this is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: “Seek Me and live! 5Do not seek Bethel or go to Gilgal; do not journey to Beersheba, for Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will come to nothing.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you will seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul.

Deuteronomy 32:46
he said to them, "Take to heart all these words I testify among you today, so that you may command your children to carefully follow all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 32:47
For they are not idle words to you, because they are your life, and by them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess."

Isaiah 31:1
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in their abundance of chariots and in their multitude of horsemen. They do not look to the Holy One of Israel; they do not seek the LORD.

Isaiah 55:3
Incline your ear and come to Me; listen, so that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my loving devotion assured to David.

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Ezekiel 18:9
He follows My statutes and faithfully keeps My ordinances; he is righteous; surely he will live,' declares the Lord GOD.

Treasury of Scripture

For thus said the LORD to the house of Israel, Seek you me, and you shall live:

Seek.

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

Deuteronomy 30:1-8 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come on you, …

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

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, Hear you me, Asa, and …

2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed …

2 Chronicles 34:3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began …

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, …

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

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

Lamentations 3:25,26 The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him…

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek you the LORD, all you meek of the earth, which have worked his …

Matthew 7:8 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to …

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Psalm 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that …

Psalm 69:32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

Psalm 105:3,4 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD…

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; …







(4) Seek . . . live.--Search after God is rewarded by finding Him, and this is life in the highest sense.

Verse 4. - The more formal proof that Israel has merited her punishment here begins. In calling her to repentance the prophet contrasts God's requirements with her actual conduct. Seek ye me, and ye shall live. Two imperatives: "Seek me, and (so) live;" duty and its reward. "Seek me in the appointed way, and ye shall be saved from destruction" (comp. Genesis 42:18). For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel,.... Or "yet" (a), notwithstanding all this, though such judgments were threatened and denounced, and such desolations should certainly come, in case of impenitence, and an obstinate continuance in a course of sin; yet hopes are given of finding mercy and kindness upon repentance and reformation, at least to the remnant of them; see Amos 5:15;

seek ye me; seek my fear, as the Targum; fear and reverence, serve and worship, the Lord God; return unto him by repentance; seek to him by prayer and supplication; acknowledge your sins, and humble yourselves before him, and implore his pardoning grace and mercy:

and ye shall live; in your own land, and not be carried out of it; live comfortably, in great plenty of good things; and live spiritually, enjoying the favour of God, and his presence in his ordinances, and live eternally in the world to come.

(a) "attamen", Grotius. 4. Seek ye me, and ye shall live—literally, "Seek … Me, and live." The second imperative expresses the certainty of "life" (escape from judgment) resulting from obedience to the precept in the first imperative. If they perish, it is their own fault; God would forgive, if they would repent (Isa 55:3, 6).5:1-6 The convincing, awakening word must be heard and heeded, as well as words of comfort and peace; for whether we hear or forbear, the word of God shall take effect. The Lord still proclaims mercy to men, but they often expect deliverance from such self-invented forms as make their condemnation sure. While they refuse to come to Christ and to seek mercy in and by him, that they may live, the fire of Divine wrath breaks forth upon them. Men may make an idol of the world, but will find it cannot protect.
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