Hosea 5:6
New International Version
When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, they will not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

New Living Translation
When they come with their flocks and herds to offer sacrifices to the LORD, they will not find him, because he has withdrawn from them.

English Standard Version
With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them.

Berean Study Bible
They go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, but they do not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them.

New American Standard Bible
They will go with their flocks and herds To seek the LORD, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them.

King James Bible
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.

Christian Standard Bible
They go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD but do not find him; he has withdrawn from them.

Contemporary English Version
You offer sheep and cattle as sacrifices to me, but I have turned away and refuse to be found.

Good News Translation
They take their sheep and cattle to offer as sacrifices to the LORD, but it does them no good. They cannot find him, for he has left them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD but do not find Him; He has withdrawn from them.

International Standard Version
They will go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them.

NET Bible
Although they bring their flocks and herds to seek the favor of the LORD, They will not find him--he has withdrawn himself from them!

New Heart English Bible
They will go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they won't find him. He has withdrawn himself from them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They go with their sheep and their cattle to search for the LORD, but they can't find him. He has left them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
With their flocks and with their herds they shall go To seek the LORD, but they shall not find Him; He hath withdrawn Himself from them.

New American Standard 1977
They will go with their flocks and herds To seek the LORD, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds seeking the LORD; but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

King James 2000 Bible
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

American King James Version
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

American Standard Version
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Jehovah; but they shall not find him: he hath withdrawn himself from them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They shall go with sheep and calves diligently to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him, for he has withdrawn himself from them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With their flocks, and with their herds, they shall go to seek the Lord, and shall not find him: he is withdrawn from them.

Darby Bible Translation
They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Jehovah; but they shall not find [him]: he hath withdrawn himself from them.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
They will go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Yahweh; but they won't find him. He has withdrawn himself from them.

Young's Literal Translation
With their flock and with their herd, They go to seek Jehovah, and do not find, He hath withdrawn from them.
Study Bible
God's Judgment on Israel and Judah
5Israel’s arrogance testifies against them; both Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; even Judah stumbles with them. 6They go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, but they do not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them. 7They have been unfaithful to the LORD; for they have borne illegitimate children. Now the New Moon will devour them along with their land.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:28
Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will earnestly seek me, but will not find me.

Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you multiply your prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

Jeremiah 11:14
As for you, do not pray for these people. Do not raise up a cry or a prayer on their behalf, for I will not be listening when they call out to Me at the time of their disaster.

Jeremiah 14:12
Although they may fast, I will not listen to their cry; although they may offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will finish them off by sword and famine and plague."

Ezekiel 8:6
"Son of man," He said to me, "do you see what they are doing--the great abominations that the house of Israel is committing--to drive Me far from My sanctuary? Yet you will see even greater abominations."

Hosea 8:13
Though they offer sacrifices given to Me and eat the meat, the LORD does not accept them. Now He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins: They will return to Egypt.

Amos 5:21
I hate, I despise your feasts! I cannot stand the stench of your solemn assemblies.

Micah 6:6
With what shall I come before the LORD when I bow before the God on high? Should I come to Him with burnt offerings, with year-old calves?

Micah 6:7
Would the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Malachi 1:10
"Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would no longer kindle useless fires on My altar! I take no pleasure in you," says the LORD of Hosts, "and I will accept no offering from your hands."

Treasury of Scripture

They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

go.

Exodus 10:9,24-26
And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD…

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Proverbs 21:27
The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

they.

Proverbs 1:28
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

Isaiah 1:11-15
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats…

Isaiah 66:3
He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

he.

Song of Solomon 5:6
I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

Luke 5:16
And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.







Lexicon
They go
יֵֽלְכ֛וּ (yê·lə·ḵū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

with their flocks
בְּצֹאנָ֣ם (bə·ṣō·nām)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

and herds
וּבִבְקָרָ֗ם (ū·ḇiḇ·qā·rām)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1241: Beef cattle, ox, a herd

to seek
לְבַקֵּ֥שׁ (lə·ḇaq·qêš)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

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

but they do not
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

find Him;
יִמְצָ֑אוּ (yim·ṣā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

He has withdrawn Himself
חָלַ֖ץ (ḥā·laṣ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2502: To pull off, to strip, to depart, to deliver, equip, present, strengthen

from them.
מֵהֶֽם׃ (mê·hem)
Preposition-m | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They
(6) The vain effort to repent when it is too late. The spirit with which sacrifices of flocks and herds were offered is of more consequence than the multitude of such oblations (Micah 3:4; Isaiah 1:11; Psalm 40:6). Ghastly and revolting results follow the substitution of ritual of any kind for the weightier matter of the law.

Verse 6. - They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord. In this way they attempt to break, if not pro-vent, their fall. With numerous and costly sacrifices they endeavor to propitiate Jehovah. With sheep and goats out of their flocks, and with bullocks and heifers out of their herd, they try to make reparation for the past or to secure present and future favor. But in vain. Israel might go to Bethel and Judah to Jerusalem; but to no purpose. They shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself. Their repentance came too late; or when it did come it wanted sincerity; or it was a wrong motive which prompted it - fear of approaching calamity and not love to their Creator; or their sins ran parallel with their sacrifice. Forgetting that obedience is better than sacrifice, they cherished a disobedient spirit or continued in their course of disobedience notwithstanding their outward sacrificial service. For one cause or other they fail in their efforts to find him; for, instead of being a present help in time of trouble, he has withdrawn beyond their reach; he has removed the Shechinah-glory of his presence from among them; or he has loosed himself from all those ties that once bound him in mercy to them, just as a husband frees himself from all responsibilities and disarms all liabilities on behalf of a faithless partner whom he has been forced to divorce. And such is the specific reason assigned in the next verse. 5:1-7 The piercing eye of God saw secret liking and disposition to sin, the love the house of Israel had to their sins, and the dominion their sins had over them. Pride makes men obstinate in other sins. And as Judah was treading in the same steps, they would fall with Israel. By dealing treacherously with the Lord, men only deceive themselves. Those that go to seek the Lord with their flocks and their herds only, and not with their hearts and souls, cannot expect to find him; nor shall any speed who do not seek the Lord while he may be found. See how much it is our concern to seek God early, now, while it is the accepted time, and the day of salvation.
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