1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
3 And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; ¶ the whole earth is full of his glory."
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" ¶ And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
9 He said, "Go and tell this people: ¶ "'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; ¶ be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'
10 Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull ¶ and close their eyes. [^1] Otherwise they might see with their eyes, ¶ hear with their ears, ¶ understand with their hearts, ¶ and turn and be healed."
11 Then I said, "For how long, Lord?" ¶ And he answered: ¶ "Until the cities lie ruined ¶ and without inhabitant, ¶ until the houses are left deserted ¶ and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12 until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken.
13 And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. ¶ But as the terebinth and oak ¶ leave stumps when they are cut down, ¶ so the holy seed will be the stump in the land."