Isaiah 6

1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw my Master. He was sitting on a very high and wonderful throne. His long robe filled the temple. 2Seraph angels stood around the Lord. Each Seraph angel had six wings. The angels used two of their wings to cover their faces. The angels used two of their wings to cover their feet. And the angels used two of their wings for flying. 3Each angel was calling to the other angels. The angels said, “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord All-Powerful ˻is very holy˼. His Glory fills the whole earth.” The angels’ voices were very loud. 4Their voices caused the frame around the door to shake. Then the temple began filling with smoke. 5I became very scared. I said, “Oh, no! I will be destroyed. I am not pure ˻(good)˼ enough to speak to God. And I live among people that are not pure enough to speak to God. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord All-Powerful.” 6˻There was a fire on the altar.˼ One of the Seraph angels used a pair of tongs to take a hot coal from the fire. The angel flew to me with the hot coal in his hand. 7The Seraph angel touched my mouth with the hot coal. Then the angel said, “Look! Because this hot coal touched your lips the wrong things you have done are gone from you. Your sins are now erased.” 8Then I heard my Lord’s voice. The Lord said, “Who can I send? Who will go for us?” So I said, “Here I am. Send me!” 9Then the Lord said, “Go and tell this to the people: 'Listen closely, but don’t understand! Look closely, but don’t learn!’ 10Confuse the people. Make the people not able to understand the things they hear and see. If you don’t do this, then people might really understand the things they hear with their ears. The people might really understand in their minds. If they did this, then the people might come back to me and be healed ˻(forgiven)˼!” 11Then I asked, “Master, how long should I do this?” The Lord answered, “Do this until the cities are destroyed, and the people are gone. Do this until there are no people left living in the houses. Do this until the land is destroyed and left empty.” 12The Lord will make the people go far away. There will be large areas of empty land in the country. 13But a tenth of the people will be allowed to stay in the land. These people will return ˻to the Lord˼ even though they were to be destroyed. These people will be like an oak tree. When the tree is chopped down, a stump is left. This stump ˻(the people remaining)˼ is a very special seed.

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