Isaiah 6

Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord

1In the year that a  King Uzziah died I b  saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train
Or hem
of his robe filled the temple.
2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had d  six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said:

e  Holy, holy, holy is the  Lord of hosts;
f  the whole earth is full of his glory!”
Or may his glory fill the whole earth

4And h  the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and i  the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! j  For I am lost; k  for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the l  King, the  Lord of hosts!”

6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he m  touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah’s Commission from the Lord

8And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for n  us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 9And he said, “Go, and say to this people:

o  “‘Keep on hearing,
Or Hear indeed
but do not understand;
keep on seeing,
Or see indeed
but do not perceive.’
10 r  Make the heart of this people s  dull
Hebrew fat

and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
u  lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
11Then I said v  “How long, O Lord?”
And he said:
Until w  cities lie waste
without inhabitant,
and houses without people,
and the land is a desolate waste,
12and the  Lord removes people far away,
and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 x  And though a tenth remain in it,
it will be burned
Or purged
again,
like a terebinth or an oak,
whose stump z  remains
when it is felled.”
aa  The holy seed
Or offspring
is its stump.
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