Isaiah 6

Isaiah’s Call and Mission

1In the year that King Uzziah a died, I saw the Lord b seated on a high and lofty c throne, d and His robe
Lit seam
filled the temple.
2 Seraphim
= heavenly beings
were standing above Him; each one had six wings: g with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. h
3And one called to another:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
His glory j fills the whole earth. k

4The foundations of the doorways shook l at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.

5Then I said:

Woe is me m for I am ruined
Or I must be silent

because I am a man of
unclean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
unclean lips
and live among a people of unclean lips, p
and because my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of Hosts.

6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar q with tongs. 7He touched my mouth r with it and said:

Now that this has touched your lips,
your wickedness is removed
and your sin is atoned for. s

8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying:

Who should I send?
Who will go for Us?

I said:

Here I am. Send me.

9And He replied:

Go! Say to these people:
Keep listening, but do not understand; t
keep looking, but do not perceive.
10 Dull the minds
Lit heart
of these people;
deafen their ears and blind their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their minds,
turn back, and be healed. v

11Then I said, “Until when, Lord?” w And He replied:

Until cities lie in ruins without inhabitants, x
houses are without people,
the land is ruined and desolate,
12 and the Lord drives the people far away,
leaving great emptiness in the land.
13 Though a tenth will remain in the land,
it will be burned again.
Like the terebinth or the oak
that leaves a stump when felled,
the holy
offspring/ seed: This term is used literally or metaphorically to refer to plants or grain, sowing or harvest, male reproductive seed, human children or physical descendants, and also to spiritual children or to Christ (G13:16).
seed z is the stump. aa
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