6 When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the Lord, they will not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Hosea 5:6

Commentary on Hosea 5:1-7

(Read Hosea 5:1-7)

The piercing eye of God saw secret liking and disposition to sin, the love the house of Israel had to their sins, and the dominion their sins had over them. Pride makes men obstinate in other sins. And as Judah was treading in the same steps, they would fall with Israel. By dealing treacherously with the Lord, men only deceive themselves. Those that go to seek the Lord with their flocks and their herds only, and not with their hearts and souls, cannot expect to find him; nor shall any speed who do not seek the Lord while he may be found. See how much it is our concern to seek God early, now, while it is the accepted time, and the day of salvation.