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1 IN THE YEAR OF KING UZZIAH'S DEATH I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the skirt of his robe filled the temple.

The call of ISAIAH. Is.6.1-13
2 About him were attendant seraphim, and each had six wings; one pair covered his face and one pair his feet, and one pair was spread in flight.

3 They were calling ceaselessly to one another,
    Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts:
    the whole earth is full of his glory.

4 And, as each one called, the threshold shook to its foundations, while the house was filled with smoke.

5 Then I cried,
    Woe is me! I am lost,
    for I am a man of unclean lips
    and I dwell among a people of unclean lips;
    yet with these eyes I have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts.

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me carrying in his hand a glowing coal which he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.

7 He touched my mouth with it and said,
    See, this has touched your lips;
    your iniquity is removed,
    and your sin is wiped away.

8 Then I heard the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? Who will go for me? And I answered, Here am I; send me.

9 He said, Go and tell this people:
    You may listen and listen, but you will not understand. Or but how will you understand?
    You may look and look again, but you will never know. Or but how will you know?

10 This people's wits are dulled,
their ears are deafened and their eyes blinded,
so that they cannot see with their eyes
nor listen with their ears
nor understand with their wits,
so that they may turn and be healed.

11 Then I asked, How long, O Lord? And he answered,
    Until cities fall in ruins and are deserted,
    houses are left without people,
    and the land goes to ruin and lies waste,

12 until the LORD has sent all mankind far away,
and the whole country is one vast desolation.
13 Even if a tenth part of its people remain there,
they too will be exterminated
{like an oak or a terebinth,
a sacred pole thrown out from its place in a hill-shrine a sacred pole ... hill-shrine: prob. rdg, Heb obscure}.

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