Isaiah 6:6

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

Isaiah 6:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
ESV
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.
NLT
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.
MSG
6 Then one of the angel-seraphs flew to me. He held a live coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
CSB
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs.

Isaiah 6:6 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 6:6

Then flew one of the seraphim unto me
When the prophet had confessed his sin; for upon that follows the application of pardon; and when the seraph, or minister of the Gospel, had an order from the Lord to publish the doctrine of it: it is God's act alone to forgive sin; it is the work of his ministers to preach forgiveness of sin, and that to sensible sinners; who when they are made sensible of sin, and distressed with it, the Lord takes notice of them, and sends messengers to them, to comfort them, by acquainting them that their iniquity is forgiven; who go on such an errand cheerfully and swiftly; and though they do not know the particular person, yet the Lord directs their ministration to him, and makes it effectual. Having a live coal in his hand:
by which is meant the word of God, comparable to fire, and to a burning coal of fire, ( Jeremiah 23:29 ) for the light and heat which it gives both to saints and sinners, and for its purity and purifying nature: [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar;
of burnt offering, where the fire was always burning; which was a type of Christ, and his sacrifice; and this shows what particular doctrine of the word it was the seraph or Gospel minister took, and delivered in this visionary way; it was the doctrine of pardon, founded upon the sacrifice and satisfaction of Christ. To this sense of the words the Targum agrees, which paraphrases them thus,

``and there flew to me one of the ministers, and in his mouth a word which he received from his Shechinah, upon the throne of glory, in the highest heavens, above the altar,''
See ( Revelation 14:6 ) .

Isaiah 6:6 In-Context

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal 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; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Leviticus 10:1; Ezekiel 10:2