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Isaiah 6

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1In the year, in which Uzziab the king died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lofty; and his train filled the temple.
2Above him stood the Seraphim: each one of them had six wings: with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, mid with twain he did fly. 3And the one called to the other, and said:
Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts!
The whole earth is full of his glory.
4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him, who called; and the house was filled with smoke. 5Then I said, Wo is me! I am undone: because I am a man of unclean lips; and in the midst of a people of unclean lips do i dwell: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts. 6Then flew one of the Seraphim unto me; and in his hand was a burning coal, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar. 7And he touched my mouth, and said: Lo, this bath touched thy lips: thine iniquity is removed, and thy sin is expiated. 8And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send; and who will go for us! And I said: Behold, here am I, send me. 9And he said:
Go, and say thou to this people:
Hear ye distinctly, but ye shall not understand;
See ye clearly, but ye shall not perceive;
10Make gross the heart of this people;
Make their ears dull, and close up their eyes;
Lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears,
And understand with their hearts, and be converted, and be healed.
11And I said; How long, Lord! And he said:
Until the cities be laid waste, so that there be no inhabitant;
And the houses, so that there be no man:
And the land be left utterly desolate.
12Then Jehovah will remove men far away;
And great shall be the desolation in the midst of the land.
13But should there still be left in it a tenth part,
It would likewise be consumed;
Yet, as the teberinth and the oak, when they are cut down, have their stem remaining;
So also a holy seed, as a stem of the people, shall remain.

Isaiah 6

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God Calls Isaiah to be a Prophet
1 # 2 Kgs 15.7; 2 Chr 26.23 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole Temple. 2Round him flaming creatures were standing, each of which had six wings. Each creature covered its face with two wings, and its body with two, and used the other two for flying. 3#Rev 4.8They were calling out to each other:
“Holy, holy, holy!
The LORD Almighty is holy!
His glory fills the world.”
4 # Rev 15.8 The sound of their voices made the foundation of the Temple shake, and the Temple itself was filled with smoke.
5I said, “There is no hope for me! I am doomed because every word that passes my lips is sinful, and I live among a people whose every word is sinful. And yet, with my own eyes, I have seen the King, the LORD Almighty!”
6Then one of the creatures flew down to me, carrying a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7He touched my lips with the burning coal and said, “This has touched your lips, and now your guilt is gone, and your sins are forgiven.”
8Then I heard the Lord say, “Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?”
I answered, “I will go! Send me!”
9 # Mt 13.14–15; Mk 4.12; Lk 8.10; Jn 12.40; Acts 28.26–27 So he told me to go and give the people this message: “No matter how much you listen, you will not understand. No matter how much you look, you will not know what is happening.” 10Then he said to me, “Make the minds of these people dull, their ears deaf, and their eyes blind, so that they cannot see or hear or understand. If they did, they might turn to me and be healed.”
11I asked, “How long will it be like this, Lord?”
He answered, “Until the cities are ruined and empty — until the houses are uninhabited — until the land itself is a desolate waste. 12I will send the people far away and make the whole land desolate. 13Even if one person out of ten remains in the land, he too will be destroyed; he will be like the stump of an oak tree that has been cut down.”
(The stump represents a new beginning for God's people.)