New International Version
Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again.
King James Bible
When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God.
Darby Bible Translation
When he slew them, then they sought him, and returned and sought early after God;
World English Bible
When he killed them, then they inquired after him. They returned and sought God earnestly.
Young's Literal Translation
If He slew them, then they sought Him, And turned back, and sought God earnestly,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When he slew them - While his judgments were upon them, then they began to humble themselves, and deprecate his wrath. When they saw some fall, the rest began to tremble.
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'That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.'--PSALM lxxviii. 7. In its original application this verse is simply a statement of God's purpose in giving to Israel the Law, and such a history of deliverance. The intention was that all future generations might remember what He had done, and be encouraged by the remembrance to hope in Him for the future; and by both memory and hope, be impelled to the discharge of present duty. So, then, the words …
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Out of the Deep of Loneliness, Failure, and Disappointment.
The Good Shepherd: a Farewell Sermon
The people came to Moses and said, "We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us." So Moses prayed for the people.
Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer--Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.
I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob's descendants, 'Seek me in vain.' I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.
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."
"What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.
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