Isaiah 6:1-8

The divine throne room

1 In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, the edges of his robe filling the temple.
2 Winged creatures were stationed around him. Each had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew about.
3 They shouted to each other, saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of heavenly forces! All the earth is filled with God's glory!"
4 The doorframe shook at the sound of their shouting, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 I said, "Mourn for me; I'm ruined! I'm a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I've seen the king, the LORD of heavenly forces!"
6 Then one of the winged creatures flew to me, holding a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs.
7 He touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips. Your guilt has departed, and your sin is removed."
8 Then I heard the Lord's voice saying, "Whom should I send, and who will go for us?" I said, "I'm here; send me."

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Isaiah 6:1-8 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 6

This chapter contains a vision of the glory and majesty of Christ, the mission and commission of the prophet, and the destruction of the Jews. In the vision may be observed the time of it, and the object seen; who is described by the throne on which he sat, Isa 6:1 and by his ministers about him; and these, by their name, by their situation, by their wings and the use of them, and by their employment, Isa 6:2,3 and by the effects their crying to one another had upon the place where they were, Isa 6:4 and next follows the effect the whole vision had on the prophet, which threw him into great distress of mind; and the relief he had by one of the seraphim, and the manner of it, Isa 6:6,7 upon which a question being put, concerning sending some person, the prophet makes answer, expressing his readiness to go, Isa 6:8 when a commission is given him, and the message he is sent with is declared, Isa 6:9,10 whereupon he asks how long it would be the case of the Jews mentioned in the message he was sent with; and he is told it would continue until the utter destruction of them, Isa 6:11,12 and yet, for the comfort of him and other saints, it is intimated that there would be a remnant among them, according to the election of grace, Isa 6:13.

Isaiah 6:1-8 In-Context

1 In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, the edges of his robe filling the temple.
2 Winged creatures were stationed around him. Each had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew about.
3 They shouted to each other, saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of heavenly forces! All the earth is filled with God's glory!"
4 The doorframe shook at the sound of their shouting, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 I said, "Mourn for me; I'm ruined! I'm a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I've seen the king, the LORD of heavenly forces!"
6 Then one of the winged creatures flew to me, holding a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs.
7 He touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips. Your guilt has departed, and your sin is removed."
8 Then I heard the Lord's voice saying, "Whom should I send, and who will go for us?" I said, "I'm here; send me."
9 God said, "Go and say to this people: Listen intently, but don't understand; look carefully, but don't comprehend.
10 Make the minds of this people dull. Make their ears deaf and their eyes blind, so they can't see with their eyes or hear with their ears, or understand with their minds, and turn, and be healed."
11 I said, "How long, Lord?" And God said, "Until cities lie ruined with no one living in them, until there are houses without people and the land is left devastated."
12 The LORD will send the people far away, and the land will be completely abandoned.