Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal1 in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips;2 your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.3"
Then I heard the voice4 of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send?5 And who will go for us?6" And I said, "Here am I.7 Send me!"
He said, "Go8 and tell this people: " 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'910
Make the heart of this people calloused;10 make their ears dull and close their eyes.a11 Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears,12 understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."1311
Then I said, "For how long, O Lord?"14 And he answered: "Until the cities lie ruined15 and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted16 and the fields ruined and ravaged,1712
until the LORD has sent everyone far away18 and the land is utterly forsaken.1913
And though a tenth remains20 in the land, it will again be laid waste.21 But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps22 when they are cut down, so the holy23 seed will be the stump in the land."24