Call of Isaiah. 1In the year king Uzziah died,* I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, i Jn 12, 41 . with the train of his garment filling the temple.* 2Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft. j Rv 4, 8 .
3“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!” they cried one to the other. “All the earth is filled with his glory!” 4 k 1 Kgs 8, 10f; Rv 15, 8 . At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook and the house was filled with smoke.*
5Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed!* For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” l Gn 32, 3; Ex 20, 19; 33, 20; Jgs 6, 22; 13, 22 . 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7He touched my mouth with it. “See,” he said, “now that this has touched your lips,* your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.” m Jer 1, 9; Dn 10, 16 .
8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am;” I said; “send me!” 9And he replied: Go and say to this people:*
Listen carefully, but you shall not understand! Look intently, but you shall know nothing! n Mt 13, 14f; Mk 4, 12; Lk 8, 10; Acts 28, 26f . 10You are to make the heart of this people sluggish, to dull their ears and close their eyes; Else their eyes will see, their ears hear, their heart understand, and they will turn and be healed. o Jer 5, 21; Jn 12, 40 .
11“How long, O Lord?” I asked. And he replied:
Until the cities are desolate, without inhabitants, Houses, without a man, and the earth is a desolate waste. 12Until the LORD removes men far away, and the land is abandoned more and more.* 13If there be still a tenth part in it, then this in turn shall be laid waste; As with a terebinth or an oak whose trunk remains when its leaves have fallen. [Holy offspring is the trunk.] p Is 10, 22 .