Isaiah 6
Isaiah’s Commission
1In the year of the death of Uzziah the king, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and raised throne, and the hem of his robe was filling the temple. 2Seraphs were standing above him. Each had six wings:#Literally “six wings six wings for one” with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3And the one called to the other and said,
“Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh of hosts!
The whole earth is full of his glory.”#Literally “fullness of all of the earth glory him”
4And the pivots of the thresholds shook from the sound of those who called, and the house#Or “temple” was filled with smoke.
5And I said, “Woe to me! For I am destroyed!#Or “silenced” For I am a man of unclean lips,#Literally “unclean of lips” and I am living among#With an emphatic sense: “in the very heart and midst of” a people of unclean lips,#Literally “unclean of lips” for my eyes have seen the king, Yahweh of hosts!”
6Then one of the seraphs flew to me, and in his hand was a hot coal he had taken from the altar with tongs.
7And he touched my mouth, and he said,
“Look! This has touched your lips
and has removed your guilt,
and your sin is annulled.”
8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send?
And who will go for us?”
And I said,
“I am here!
Send me!”
9And he said, “Go and say to this people,
‘Keep on listening and do not comprehend!
And keep on looking and do not understand!’
10Make the heart of this people insensitive,
and make its ears unresponsive,
and shut its eyes
so that it may not look with its eyes
and listen with its ears
and comprehend with its mind
and turn back, and it may be healed for him.”
11Then I said, “Until when, Lord?”
And he said,
“Until the cities lie wasted without inhabitant,
and houses without people,
and the land is ruined and a waste,
12and Yahweh sends the people far away,
and the abandonment is great in the midst of the land.
13And even if only a tenth part remain,#Literally “still in her a tenth” again she will be destroyed#Literally “and she will again and she will be to burn”
like a terebinth or like an oak,
which although felled, a tree stump remains in them.
The seed of holiness will be her tree stump.”
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