Isaiah 6 NIV

Isaiah's Commission

1 In the year that King Uzziah1 died,2 I saw the Lord 3 seated on a throne,4 high and exalted,5 and the train of his robe6 filled the temple.

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2 Above him were seraphs,7 each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet,8 and with two they were flying.

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3 And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy9, holy is the LORD Almighty;10 the whole earth11 is full of his glory."12

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4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.13

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5 "Woe14 to me!" I cried. "I am ruined!15 For I am a man of unclean lips,1617 and I live among a people of unclean lips,18 and my eyes have seen19 the King,20 the LORD Almighty."21

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6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal22 in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.

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7 With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips;23 your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.24"

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8 Then I heard the voice25 of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send?26 And who will go for us?27" And I said, "Here am I.28 Send me!"

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9 He said, "Go29 and tell this people: " 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'30

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10 Make the heart of this people calloused;31 make their ears dull and close their eyes.a32 Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears,33 understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."34

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    • a 6:10 - ,10 Hebrew; Septuagint "'You will be ever hearing, but never understanding; / you will be ever seeing, but never perceiving.' / 10 This people's heart has become calloused; / they hardly hear with their ears, / and they have closed their eyes"
      11 Then I said, "For how long, O Lord?"35 And he answered: "Until the cities lie ruined36 and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted37 and the fields ruined and ravaged,38

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      12 until the LORD has sent everyone far away39 and the land is utterly forsaken.40

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      13 And though a tenth remains41 in the land, it will again be laid waste.42 But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps43 when they are cut down, so the holy44 seed will be the stump in the land."45

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