1In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2Above 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.
3One called to another and said,
“Holy, holy, holy, is Yahweh of Armies!
The whole earth is full of his glory!”
4The foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
5Then I said,
“Woe is me! For I am ruined,
because I am a man of unclean lips
and I live in the midst of a people of unclean lips,
for my eyes have seen the King,
Yahweh of Armies!”
6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having a live coal in his hand that he had taken from the altar with tongs.
7He touched my mouth with it and said,
“Behold, this has touched your lips,
and your iniquity is taken away
and your sin forgiven.”
8I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,
“Whom should I send,
and who will go for us?”
Then I said,
“Here I am. Send me!”
“Go, and tell this people,
‘Hear, yes, hear, but do not understand;
and see, yes, see, but do not perceive.’
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.”
11Then I said, “Lord, how long?” He answered,
“Until cities are waste without inhabitant,
and houses without man,
and the land becomes utterly waste,
12 and Yahweh has removed men far away,
and the abandoned places are many in the midst of the land.
13 And though a tenth remain in it,
that also will be burned again,
like a terebinth or like an oak
whose stump remains when it is cut down,
so the holy seed is its stump.”