- First Reference: Genesis 37:16
- Last Reference: Revelation 9:6
- Included in Eastons: No
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: Yes
- H1239 Used 1 time
- H1245 Used 103 times
- H1875 Used 54 times
- H2713 Used 1 time
- H7125 Used 1 time
- H7836 Used 2 times
- H8446 Used 1 time
- G1567 Used 1 time
- G1934 Used 4 times
- G2212 Used 45 times
- G327 Used 1 time
SEEK, verb transitive pret and participle passive sought, pronounced sawt. [L. sequor, to follow; for to seek is to go after, and the primary sense is to advance, to press, to drive forward, as in the L. peto.]
1. To go in searh or quest of; to look for; to search for by going from place to place.
The man asked him, saying, what seekest thou? And he said, I seek my brethen.
2. To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to endeavor to find or gain by any means.
The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. Psalms 104:21.
He found no place for repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. Hebrews 12:1
Others tempting him, sought of him a sign. Luke 11:9.
3.Seek is followed sometimes by out or after. To seek out, properly implies to look for a specific thing among a number. But in general, the use of out and after with seek, is unnecessary and inelegant.
To seek God, his name, or his face, in Scripture, to ask for his favor, direction and assistance. Psalms 83:16.
God seeks men, when he fixes his love on them, and by his word and Spirit, and the righteousness of Christ, reclaims and recovers them from their miserable condition as sinners.
Ezekiel 34:6. Psa 119. Luke 15:8.
To seek after the life, or soul, to attempt by arts or machinations; or to attempt to destroy or ruin. Psa 35.
To seek peace, or judgement, to endeavor to promote it; or to practice it.
Psa 34. Isaiah 1:17.
To seek an altar, temple, or habitation, to frequent it; to restore to it often.
To seek out God's works, to endeavor to understand them. Psa 111.
SEEK, v. i.
1. To make search or inquiry; to endeavor to make discovery.
Seek ye out of the book of the Lord. Isaiah 34:16.
2. To endeavor.
Ask not what pains, nor further seek to know
Their process, or the forms of law below. Dryden.
To seek after, to make pursuit; to attempt to find or take. [See No. 3 supra.]
To seek for, to endeavor to find. Knolles.
To seek to, to apply to; to resort to. 1 Kings 10:1.
To seek, at a loss; without knowledge, measures or experience.
Unpractic'd, unprepar'd and still to seek. Milton. [This phrase, I believe, is wholly obsolete.]
1. One that seeks; an inquirer; as a seeker of truth.
2. One of a sect that profess no determinate religion.
Genesis 49:18; Deuteronomy 4:29; 1 Chronicles 16:11; 1 Chronicles 22:19; 1 Chronicles 28:9; 2 Chronicles 11:16; 2 Chronicles 15:2; 2 Chronicles 15:12-13; 2 Chronicles 26:5; 2 Chronicles 30:18-19; 2 Chronicles 31:21; Ezra 8:22; Job 5:8; Job 8:5-6; Psalms 9:10; Psalms 14:2; Psalms 17:1-2; Psalms 22:26; Psalms 24:3-6; Psalms 25:5; Psalms 25:15; Psalms 27:4; Psalms 27:8; Psalms 27:14; Psalms 33:20; Psalms 34:4; Psalms 34:10; Psalms 40:1-4; Psalms 42:1-4; Psalms 63:1-8; Psalms 69:32; Psalms 70:4-5; Psalms 77:1-9; Psalms 78:34; Psalms 81:10; Psalms 83:16; Psalms 84:2; Psalms 105:4; Psalms 119:2; Psalms 119:10; Psalms 130:5-6; Psalms 143:6; Psalms 145:18-19; Proverbs 2:3-5; Proverbs 8:17; Proverbs 8:34; Proverbs 28:5; Song of Solomon 3:1-4; Isaiah 8:19; Isaiah 26:8-9; Isaiah 44:3-4; Isaiah 45:19; Isaiah 45:22; Isaiah 49:9-12; Isaiah 49:23; Isaiah 51:1; Isaiah 55:6-7; Isaiah 59:20; Isaiah 61:1-3; Jeremiah 29:13; Jeremiah 42:3; Jeremiah 50:4; Lamentations 3:25-26; Lamentations 3:41; Ezekiel 18:21-23; Daniel 9:3; Hosea 3:5; Hosea 5:15; Hosea 10:12; Joel 2:12-13; Amos 5:4-6; Amos 5:8; Amos 5:14; Amos 8:12; Zephaniah 2:3; Zech 8:20-23; Matthew 5:6; Matthew 6:33; Luke 6:21; Luke 11:9-13; Matthew 7:7-12; Luke 13:24; Luke 14:26-33; Luke 16:16; John 6:37; Acts 2:21; Acts 17:27; Romans 3:11; Romans 10:13; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; Hebrews 11:6; James 4:8; Revelation 3:20; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:17
Backsliders; Penitent; Sin, Confession of; Sin, Forgiveness of
2 Chronicles 17:3-4
2 Chronicles 26:5
2 Chronicles 31:21
2 Chronicles 34:3
SEE'K-SORROW, noun. [seek and sorrow.] One that contrives to give himself vexation. [Little used.]