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When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, they will not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.
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They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
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They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Jehovah; but they shall not find [him]: he hath withdrawn himself from them.
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 He has withdrawn himself from them.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With their flock and with their herd, They go to seek Jehovah, and do not find, He hath withdrawn from them.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They shall go with their flocks - They shall offer many sacrifices, professing to seek and be reconciled to the Lord; but they shall not find him. As they still retain the spirit of their idolatry, he has withdrawn himself from them.
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'When Ephralm saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to Assyria, and sent to king Jareb: but he is not able to heal you, neither shall he cure you of your wound.'--HOSEA v. 13 (R.V.). The long tragedy which ended in the destruction of the Northern Kingdom by Assyrian invasion was already beginning to develop in Hosea's time. The mistaken politics of the kings of Israel led them to seek an ally where they should have dreaded an enemy. As Hosea puts it in figurative fashion, Ephraim's …
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The Assyrian Captivity
"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!
"Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.
Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague."
And he said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing--the utterly detestable things the Israelites are doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more detestable."
Though they offer sacrifices as gifts to me, and though they eat the meat, the LORD is not pleased with them. Now he will remember their wickedness and punish their sins: They will return to Egypt.
"I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.
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