The call of Isaiah
1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted; the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: two to cover the face, two to cover the feet, and two to fly with.
3 They were calling to one an other:
3 “Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh Saba oth.
3 All the earth is filled with his Glory!”
4 At the sound of their voices the foundations of the threshold shook and the Temple was filled with smoke. 5 I said, “Poor me! I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips living among a people of unclean lips, and yet I have seen the King, Yahweh Sabaoth.”
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me; in his hands was a live coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said,
7 “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” I answered, “Here I am. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell this people: ‘Much as you hear, you will not understand; much as you see, you do not perceive.’
10 Let their hearts be hardened, make their ears deaf and their eyes blind; what a misfortune for them, should they hear and see! Yet if they understood and came back to me I would heal them.”
11 Then I said, “For how long, O Lord?” And he answered,
11 “Until towns have been laid waste and left without inhabitant; until the houses are deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, 12 until Yahweh has sent away the people and the fields are left deserted.
13 Even though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned. Yet there a stump will remain like that of a fallen oak; this stump is a holy seed.”