Isaiah 55:6

6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

Isaiah 55:6 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
English Standard Version (ESV)
6 "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.
The Message Bible (MSG)
6 Seek God while he's here to be found, pray to him while he's close at hand.
American Standard Version (ASV)
6 Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near:
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found. Call on him while he is near.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
6 Seek the Lord while He may be found; call to Him while He is near.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
6 Turn to the LORD before it's too late. Call out to him while he's still ready to help you.

Isaiah 55:6 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 55:6

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found
The Lord is to be sought unto at all times, whenever the people of God meet together, especially on sabbath days, and while the external ministry of the word lasts, and life itself; so the Targum,

``seek the fear of the Lord, while ye are alive.''
Kimchi compares it with ( Ecclesiastes 9:10 ) . The Jewish writers, as Aben Ezra and others, generally interpret it before the sealing of the decree, or before the decree is gone forth. It may be understood of place, as well as time, and be rendered, "seek the Lord in the place where he may be found" F12; God is to be found, as Aben Ezra observes, in all places, and at all times; under the Old Testament there was a particular place appointed for the worship of God, the tabernacle and temple, where he was to be sought unto, and might be found; under the New Testament, all places are alike, and wherever the church and people of God meet together, there he is to be sought, and there he may be found, even in his house and ordinances: call ye upon him while he is near;
the same thing designed by different words: seeking and calling design not only prayer, but the whole of public worship, and the time and place when and where the Lord is to be found, and is near. Aben Ezra thinks it refers to the Shechinah in the sanctuary. Perhaps it may have some respect to the time of Christ's incarnation, and his being in the land of Judea; and to the destruction of the temple by the Romans, when the Lord could be no more sought unto, and found in that place; or when the Christians were obliged to move from Jerusalem, because of the siege of it; and when the Jews had no more an opportunity of hearing the Gospel there.

F12 So in the Jerusalem Talmud, as quoted by Abendana on the place, ``seek the Lord, where he is found, in the synagogues, and in the schools; call upon him, where he is near, in the synagogues, and in the schools.'' And so another Jewish writer, mentioned by him, interprets the words, ``whilst the Shechinah is found in the sanctuary; before he hides his face, and causes his Shechinah to remove from you.''

Isaiah 55:6 In-Context

4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

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Cross References 3

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 4:29; S 2 Chronicles 15:2; S Isaiah 9:13
  • 2. Psalms 32:6; Isaiah 49:8; Acts 17:27; 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
  • 3. S Psalms 50:15; Isaiah 65:24; Jeremiah 29:12; Jeremiah 33:3
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