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Isaiah 6

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Isaiah, in a vision of the Lord in his glory,

6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord
sitting on a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple.

6:2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each one had six wings.
With two he covered his face.
With two he covered his feet.
With two he flew.

6:3 One called to another, and said,

Holy, holy, holy, is Yahweh of Armies!
The whole earth is full of his glory!”

6:4 The foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called,
and the house was filled with smoke.

being terrified, has apprehensions removed.

6:5 Then I said,

“Woe is me! For I am undone, because 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 King, Yahweh of Armies!”

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

6:7 He touched my mouth with it, and said,

“Behold, this has touched your lips;
and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin forgiven.”

He offers himself, and is sent to shew the obstinacy of the people unto their desolation.

6:8 I heard the Lord’s voice, saying,
“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Then I said, “Here I am. Send me!”

6:9 He said, “Go, and tell this people,
‘You hear indeed,
but don’t understand;
and you see indeed,
but don’t perceive.’

6:10 Make the heart of this people fat.
Make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and turn again, and be healed.”

6:11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?”
He answered,
“Until cities are waste without inhabitant,
and houses without man,
and the land becomes utterly waste,

6:12 And Yahweh has removed men far away,
and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

A remnant shall be saved.

6:13 If there is a tenth left in it,
that also will in turn be consumed:
as a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stock remains when they are felled;
so the holy seed is its stock.

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