Isaiah 6:1-10 (New International Version)

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Isaiah's Commission

1 In the year that King Uzziah1 died,2 I saw the Lord3 seated on a throne,4 high and exalted,5 and the train of his robe6 filled the temple. 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. 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 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.13 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 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. 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" 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!" 9 He said, "Go29 and tell this people: " 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'30 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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