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Amos 5:4

    Amos 5:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For these are the words of the Lord to the children of Israel: Let your hearts be turned to me, so that you may have life:

    Webster's Revision

    For thus saith Jehovah unto 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;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Amos 5:4

    Seek ye me, and ye shall live - Cease your rebellion against me; return to me with all your heart; and though consigned to death, ye shall be rescued and live. Deplorable as your case is, it is not utterly desperate.

    Barnes' Notes on Amos 5:4

    Seek ye Me and ye shall live - Literally, "seek Me; and live." Wonderful conciseness of the word of God, which, in two words, comprises the whole of the creature's duty and his hopes, his time and his eternity. The prophet users the two imperatives, inoneing both, man's duty and his reward. He does not speak of them, as cause and effect, but as one. Where the one is, there is the other. To seek God is to live. For to seek God is to find Him, and God is Life and the Source of life. Forgiveness, grace, life, enter the soul at once. But the seeking is diligent seeking. : "It is not to seek God anyhow, but as it is right and meet that He should be sought, longed for, prayed for, who is so great, a Good, constantly, fervently, yea, to our power, the more constantly and fervently, as an Infinite Good is more to be longed for, more loved than all created good." The object of the search is God Himself. "Seek Me," that is, seek God for Himself, not for anything out of Him, not for His gifts, not for anything to be loved with Him. This is not to seek Him purely. All is found in Him, but by seeking Him first, and then loving Him in all, and all in Him. "And ye shall live," first by the life of the body, escaping the enemy; then by the life of grace now, and the life of glory hereafter, as in that of the Psalmist, "your heart shall live who seek God" Psalm 69:32.

    Wesley's Notes on Amos 5:4

    5:4 Ye shall live - It shall be well with you.
    Book: Amos