New American Standard Bible
"If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty,
King James Bible
If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
Darby Bible Translation
If thou seek earnestly unto �God, and make thy supplication to the Almighty,
World English Bible
If you want to seek God diligently, make your supplication to the Almighty.
Young's Literal Translation
If thou dost seek early unto God, And unto the Mighty makest supplication,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes - If thou wouldest do it now. If even on the supposition that your sons have thus perished, and that God has come out in judgment against your family, you would look to God, you might be restored to favor. The word rendered "seek betimes" (שׁחר shâchar) means literally to seek in the morning, to seek early; and then, to make it the first business. It is derived from the word meaning aurora (שׁחר shachar) and has reference to the early light of the morning, and hence, to an early seeking. It may be applied to seeking him in early life, or as the first thing - looking to him immediately when help is needed, or before we apply to anyone else; compare Proverbs 7:15; Proverbs 8:17; Proverbs 13:24; Job 24:5; Psalm 63:1; Psalm 78:34; Isaiah 26:9; Hosea 5:15; compare the advice of Eliphaz, Job 5:8.
LibraryWhether all Merits and Demerits, One's Own as Well as those of Others, Will be Seen by Anyone at a Single Glance?
Objection 1: It would seem that not all merits and demerits, one's own as well as those of others, will be seen by anyone at a single glance. For things considered singly are not seen at one glance. Now the damned will consider their sins singly and will bewail them, wherefore they say (Wis. 5:8): "What hath pride profited us?" Therefore they will not see them all at a glance. Objection 2: Further, the Philosopher says (Topic. ii) that "we do not arrive at understanding several things at the same …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Instruction for the Ignorant:
"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
"For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.
"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
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