Isaiah 6

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six 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: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory”! 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for 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, 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 touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for”. 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us”? Then I said, “Here I am! Send me”. 9 And he said, “Go and say to this people: “Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 Make the heart of this people dull and their ears heavy and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ear and understand with their hearts and turn and be healed”. 11 Then I said, “How long, O Lord”? And he said: “Until cities 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 And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled”. The holy seed is its stump.

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