Isaiah’s Call and Mission
1In the year that King Uzziah#2Kg 15:1–7; Is 1:1; 14:28 died, I saw the Lord#Gn 32:30; Ex 3:1–6; 24:9–10; Jos 5:13–15; 1Kg 22:19; Is 31:3; Jn 1:18; 4:24; 12:41 seated on a high and lofty#Is 52:13; 57:15 throne,#Ps 9:7; 11:4; 45:6; Is 66:1; Jr 3:17; Ezk 1:26; 10:1; 43:7 and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2Seraphim#6:2 = heavenly beings were standing above him; they each had six wings:#Rv 4:8 with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.#Ezk 1:14 3And one called to another:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies;
his glory#Ex 16:10; 24:16–17; 40:34–35; 1Kg 8:11; Is 35:2; 40:5; 60:1; Ezk 1:28; Lk 9:32 fills the whole earth.#Nm 14:21; Ps 72:19
4The foundations of the doorways shook#Ex 19:8; Hab 3:3–10; Rv 15:8 at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
5Then I said:
Woe is me#Ex 33:20; Jdg 13:22; Is 59:3; Jr 9:3–8; Lk 5:8 for I am ruined#6:5 Or I must be silent
because I am a man of unclean lips
and live among a people of unclean lips,#Ex 6:12,30
and because my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of Armies.
6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar#Lv 6:12–13; 17:11 with tongs. 7He touched my mouth#Jr 1:9; Dn 10:16 with it and said:
Now that this has touched your lips,
your iniquity is removed
and your sin is atoned for.#Ex 21:30; 30:12–16
8Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking:
Who will I send?
Who will go for us?
Here I am. Send me.
9And he replied:
Go! Say to these people:
Keep listening, but do not understand;#Mt 13:14–15; Mk 4:12; Lk 8:10; Jn 12:40; Ac 28:26–27
keep looking, but do not perceive.
10Make the minds#6:10 Lit heart of these people dull;
deafen their ears and blind their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their minds,
turn back, and be healed.#Zch 7:11–12; 1Th 2:16
11Then I said, “Until when, Lord?” #Ps 79:5; 89:46 And he replied:
Until cities lie in ruins without inhabitants,#Is 1:7; 27:10
houses are without people,
the land is ruined and desolate,
12and the Lord drives the people far away,
leaving great emptiness in the land.
13Though a tenth will remain in the land,
it will be burned again.
Like the terebinth or the oak
that leaves a stump when felled,
the holy seed#Is 41:8; 43:5; 45:25; 53:10; 59:21; 65:9,23; 66:22 is the stump.#Is 11:1