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There was terrible sin in Israel to lament, yet the gracious invitation still rang out: “Seek the Lord and live.”

BibleGateway: Amos 5:1-6

ESV Text: Amos 5:1-6

KJV Text:

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     1 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. 2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up. 3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.

     4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: 5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought. 6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 280:
Return, O Wanderer, Return

— Organ Audio

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1. Return, O wanderer, return 
And seek an injured Father’s face. 
Those warm desires that in thee burn 
Were kindled by reclaiming grace. 

2. Return, O wanderer, return 
And seek a Father’s melting heart, 
His pitying eyes thy grief discern, 
His hand shall heal thine inward smart. 

3. Return, O wanderer, return; 
Thy Savior bids thy spirit live. 
Go to His bleeding feet and learn 
How freely Jesus can forgive. 

4. Return, O wanderer, return 
And wipe away the falling tear; 
‘Tis God who says, “No longer mourn”; 
‘Tis Mercy’s voice invites thee near.