Isaiah 6

Isaiah's Vision of the Lord

1 In the year that 1King Uzziah died I 2saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the traina of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had 3six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one called to another and said: 4"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; 5the whole earth is full of his glory!"b
4 And 6the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and 7the house was filled with smoke.
5 And I said: "Woe is me! 8For I am lost; 9for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the 10King, the LORD of hosts!"
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 And he 11touched my mouth and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for."

Isaiah's Commission from the Lord

8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for 12us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
9 And he said, "Go, and say to this people: 13"'Keep on hearing,c but do not understand; keep on seeing,d but do not perceive.'
10 14Make the heart of this people 15dull,e and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; 16lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."
11 Then I said, 17"How long, O Lord?" And he said: "Until 18cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste,
12 and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 19And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burnedf again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump 20remains when it is felled." 21The holy seedg is its stump.
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