Hosea 5:15

15 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.”

Read Hosea 5:15 Using Other Translations

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

What does Hosea 5:15 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Hosea 5:15

I will go [and] return to my place
Leave the countries of Israel and of Judah, where he had used to grant his gracious and spiritual presence unto his people, and watched over them, and cared for them, and bestowed many favours on them, and go up to heaven, the place of his more glorious presence, as the Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi, interpret it; and there, as it were, shut himself up, particularly with respect to these people, as if he had no more thought of them, or concern for them: this is to be understood in a sense becoming and agreeable to the omnipresence of God: till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face;
till the Israelites acknowledge their idolatry, and the Jews their disbelief and rejection of the Messiah, and all other sins; till they ingenuously confess themselves to be guilty, or know and acknowledge they have sinned, as the Targum; and then humbly seek the face and favour of God, the remission of their sins from him, and acceptance with him: in their affliction they will seek me early;
in the morning, betimes, early, and earnestly; which affliction may be understood both of the Assyrian and Babylonish captivity; or rather of their present affliction toward the close of it, when they shall be sensible of their sins, and confess them, and look to him whom they have pierced, and mourn, and seek for pardon, righteousness, and salvation, from him; and so all Israel shall be saved, of whose conversion this is a prophecy.

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