Hosea 5:15
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."

New Living Translation
Then I will return to my place until they admit their guilt and turn to me. For as soon as trouble comes, they will earnestly search for me."

English Standard Version
I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me.

Berean Study Bible
Then I will return to My place until they admit their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”

New American Standard Bible
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.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
I will depart and return to my place until they recognize their guilt and seek my face; they will search for me in their distress.

Contemporary English Version
Then I'll return to my temple until they confess their guilt and worship me, until they are desperate and beg for my help.

Good News Translation
"I will abandon my people until they have suffered enough for their sins and come looking for me. Perhaps in their suffering they will try to find me."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will depart and return to My place until they recognize their guilt and seek My face; they will search for Me in their distress.

International Standard Version
"I will leave and go back to my place until they admit their offense and seek my face. When affliction comes to them, they will eagerly seek me."

NET Bible
Then I will return again to my lair until they have suffered their punishment. Then they will seek me; in their distress they will earnestly seek me.

New Heart 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."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will go back to my place until they admit that they are guilty. Then they will search for me. In their distress they will eagerly look for me."

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will go and return to My place, Till they acknowledge their guilt, and seek My face; In their trouble they will seek Me earnestly:

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will go and return to my place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face; in their affliction they will seek me early.

King James 2000 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.

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

American Standard Version
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me earnestly.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will go and return to my place, until they are brought to nought, and then shall they seek my face.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will go and return to my place: until you are consumed, and seek my face.

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.

English Revised Version
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me earnestly.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, 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!'
Study Bible
God's Judgment on Israel and Judah
14For I am like a lion to Ephraim and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them to pieces and go away. I will carry them off where no one can rescue them. 15Then I will return to My place until they admit their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”
Cross References
Genesis 42:21
Then they said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw his anguish when he pleaded with us, but we would not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us."

Leviticus 26:40
But if they will confess their iniquity and that of their fathers in the unfaithfulness that they practiced against Me, by which they have also walked in hostility toward Me--

Numbers 21:7
Then the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you. Intercede with the LORD to take the snakes away from us." So Moses interceded for the people.

Psalm 50:15
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me."

Psalm 78:34
When He slew them, they would seek Him; they repented and searched for God.

Isaiah 18:4
For this is what the LORD has told me: "I will quietly 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 longs for You in the night; indeed, my spirit within me diligently seeks You. For when Your judgments come upon the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Isaiah 26:16
O LORD, they sought You in their distress; when You disciplined them, they poured out a quiet prayer.

Isaiah 64:7
No one calls on Your name or strives to take hold of You. For You have hidden Your face from us and made us melt in the hand of our iniquity.

Jeremiah 2:27
say to a tree, 'You are my father,' and to a stone, 'You gave birth to me.' For they have turned their backs to Me and not their faces, yet in the time of trouble they beg, 'Rise up and save us!'

Jeremiah 3:13
Only acknowledge your guilt, that you have rebelled against the LORD your God. You have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every green tree and have not obeyed My voice,'" declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 3:14
"Return, O faithless children," declares the LORD, "for I am your master, and I will take you--one from a city and two from a family--and bring you to Zion.

Ezekiel 20:43
There you will remember your ways and all the deeds with which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves for all the evils you have done.

Hosea 3:5
Afterward, the people of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.

Treasury of Scripture

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

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 hath withdrawn himself from them.

Exodus 25:21,22
And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee…

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, …

till.

Hosea 14:1-3
O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine 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, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; …

Deuteronomy 4:29-31
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul…

acknowledge their offence.

Judges 4:3
And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

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

Judges 10:10-16
And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim…







Lexicon
Then I will return
אֵלֵ֤ךְ (’ê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

My place
מְקוֹמִ֔י (mə·qō·w·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

until
עַ֥ד (‘aḏ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

they admit their guilt
יֶאְשְׁמ֖וּ (ye’·šə·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 816: To be guilty, to be punished, perish

and seek
וּבִקְשׁ֣וּ (ū·ḇiq·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

My face;
פָנָ֑י (p̄ā·nāy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

in their affliction
בַּצַּ֥ר (baṣ·ṣar)
Preposition-b, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6862: Narrow, a tight place, a pebble, an opponent

they will earnestly seek Me.”
יְשַׁחֲרֻֽנְנִי׃ (yə·ša·ḥă·run·nî)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | first person common singular, Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 7836: To dawn, be, early at any task, to search for
(15) Tenderness blends with judgment, and insulted love bleeds and hopes. The image of the lion is dropped. Jehovah speaks of "His own place"--Heaven. He will cause all manifestations of His regard for them to cease till "they suffer punishment, and seek my face," and, like the prodigal in the flush of a new morning, will arise and go unto the Father.

5:8-15 The destruction of impenitent sinners is not mere talk, to frighten them, it is a sentence which will not be recalled. And it is a mercy that we have timely warning given us, that we may flee from the wrath to come. Compliance with the commandments of men, who thwart the commandments of God, ripens a people for ruin. The judgments of God are sometimes to a sinful people as a moth, and as rottenness, or as a worm; as these consume the clothes and the wood, so shall the judgments of God consume them. Silently, they shall think themselves safe and thriving, but when they look into their state, shall find themselves wasting and decaying. Slowly, for the Lord gives them space to repent. Many a nation; as well as many a person, dies of a consumption. Gradually, God comes upon sinners with lesser judgments, to prevent greater, if they will be wise, and take warning. When Israel and Judah found themselves in danger, they sought the protection of the Assyrians, but this only helped to make their wound the worse. They would be forced to apply to God. He will bring them home to himself, by afflictions. When men begin to complain more of their sins than of their afflictions, then there begins to be some hope of them; and when under the conviction of sin, and the corrections of the rod, we must seek the knowledge of God. Those who are led by severe trials to seek God earnestly and sincerely, will find him a present help and an effectual refuge; for with him is plenteous redemption for all who call upon him. There is solid peace, and there only, where God is.
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