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Isaiah 6:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 Above him were seraphs,1 each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet,2 and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy3, holy is the LORD Almighty;4 the whole earth5 is full of his glory."6 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.7 5 "Woe8 to me!" I cried. "I am ruined!9 For I am a man of unclean lips,1011 and I live among a people of unclean lips,12 and my eyes have seen13 the King,14 the LORD Almighty."15 6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal16 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;17 your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.18" 8 Then I heard the voice19 of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send?20 And who will go for us?21" And I said, "Here am I.22 Send me!" 9 He said, "Go23 and tell this people: " 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'24 10 Make the heart of this people calloused;25 make their ears dull and close their eyes.a26 Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears,27 understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."28 11 Then I said, "For how long, O Lord?"29 And he answered: "Until the cities lie ruined30 and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted31 and the fields ruined and ravaged,32 12 until the LORD has sent everyone far away33 and the land is utterly forsaken.34
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