Psalm 27:8
New International Version
My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.

New Living Translation
My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me." And my heart responds, "LORD, I am coming."

English Standard Version
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”

Berean Study Bible
My heart said, “Seek His face.” Your face, O LORD, I will seek.

New American Standard Bible
When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek."

King James Bible
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Christian Standard Bible
My heart says this about you: "Seek his face." LORD, I will seek your face.

Contemporary English Version
My heart tells me to pray. I am eager to see your face,

Good News Translation
When you said, "Come worship me," I answered, "I will come, LORD."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My heart says this about You," You are to seek My face." LORD, I will seek Your face.

International Standard Version
My mind recalls your word, "Seek my face," so your face, LORD, I will seek.

NET Bible
My heart tells me to pray to you, and I do pray to you, O LORD.

New Heart English Bible
When you said, "Seek my face," my heart said to you, "I will seek your face, LORD."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My heart said to you: “My face seeks your face; be my helper Lord Jehovah.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[When you said,] "Seek my face," my heart said to you, "O LORD, I will seek your face."

JPS Tanakh 1917
In Thy behalf my heart hath said: 'Seek ye My face'; Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

New American Standard 1977
When Thou didst say, “Seek My face,” my heart said to Thee, “Thy face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
My heart has spoken unto me from thee, Seek my face. Thy face, O LORD, will I seek.

King James 2000 Bible
When you said, Seek my face; my heart said unto you, your face, LORD, will I seek.

American King James Version
When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, LORD, will I seek.

American Standard Version
When thou saidst , Seek ye my face; My heart said unto thee, Thy face, Jehovah, will I seek.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My heart said to thee, I have diligently sought thy face: thy face, O Lord, I will seek.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek.

Darby Bible Translation
My heart said for thee, Seek ye my face. Thy face, O Jehovah, will I seek.

English Revised Version
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Webster's Bible Translation
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said to thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

World English Bible
When you said, "Seek my face," my heart said to you, "I will seek your face, Yahweh."

Young's Literal Translation
To Thee said my heart 'They sought my face, Thy face, O Jehovah, I seek.'
Study Bible
The LORD is My Salvation
7Hear, O LORD, my voice when I call; be merciful and answer me. 8My heart said, “Seek His face.” Your face, O LORD, I will seek. 9Hide not Your face from me, nor turn away Your servant in anger. You have been my helper; do not leave me or forsake me, O God of my salvation.…
Cross References
Psalm 16:8
I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 24:6
Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face, O God of Jacob. Selah

Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 105:4
Seek out the LORD and His strength; seek His face always.

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.

Treasury of Scripture

When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, LORD, will I seek.

When.

Psalm 24:6
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Psalm 105:4
Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

Isaiah 45:19
I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

Thy

Psalm 63:1,2
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; …

Psalm 119:58
I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

Jeremiah 29:12,13
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you…







Lexicon
My heart
לִ֭בִּי (lib·bî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

said,
אָמַ֣ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Seek
בַּקְּשׁ֣וּ (baq·qə·šū)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

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

Your face,
פָּנֶ֖יךָ (pā·ne·ḵā)
Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

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

I will seek.
אֲבַקֵּֽשׁ׃ (’ă·ḇaq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after
(8) When thou saidst.--The margin rightly rejects these words, and restores the order of the Hebrew; but the text of the Authorised Version really gives its meaning.

The thought seems borrowed from seeking admission to a royal personage to ask a favour.

Verse 8. - When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. The order of the words in the original is as follows: "To thee said my heart - Seek ye my face - thy face, Lord, will I seek." And the full meaning seems to he, "To thee said my heart - Hast thou said unto men, Seek ye my face? I for one will obey thee - Thy face, Lord, will I seek." The command, "Seek ye my face," had been given by David to the people on the day that he set up the ark upon Mount Zion (1 Chronicles 16:11). It was probably regarded as implied in Deuteronomy 4:29. 27:7-14 Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lying vanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our own mercies in him. The call is general, Seek ye my face; but we must apply it to ourselves, I will seek it. The word does us no good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: a gracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmist requests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presence with him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit of Divine protection. God's time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief which supported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean time he should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let us look unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to be delivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent prayer.
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