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Hosea 5:6

6 When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, they will not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

Read Hosea 5:6 Using Other Translations

They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them.
When they come with their flocks and herds to offer sacrifices to the LORD, they will not find him, because he has withdrawn from them.

What does Hosea 5:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Hosea 5:6

They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek
the Lord
Not only the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, to whom Kimchi, Aben Ezra, and Abarbinel, restrain the words; but the ten tribes of Israel also, who, when in distress, and seeing ruin coming upon them, should seek the Lord; seek help from him against their enemies, and the pardon of their sins; seek his face and favour, and to appease his wrath, by bringing a multitude of sacrifices out of their flocks and herds; such a number of them, as if they brought all their flocks and herds with them; but not with true repentance for their sins, nor with faith in the great sacrifice, which legal sacrifices, rightly performed, prefigured. Kimchi refers this to the times of Josiah; but, as it respects Israel as well as Judah, it seems to design some time a little before the ruin of them both: but they shall not find [him];
shall not find grace and mercy with him; he will not be favourable to them, will not afford them any help, but give them up to utter ruin and destruction; as he did Israel at the Assyrian captivity, and Judah at the Babylonish captivity: he hath withdrawn himself from them;
the glory of the Lord departed from them; his Shechinah, or divine Majesty, as the Targum, removed from them, because of their idolatry, and other sins; they sought him not where and while he was to be found; and therefore, when they sought him, found him not, because he had withdrawn his presence from among them, being provoked by their iniquities.

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