The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 6:1–13

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In the year that king Uzziah died I saw YHWH sitting upon a throne high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple.

And it came to pass in the year in which king Ozias died, that I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, and the house was full of his glory.

In the year in which king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, sublime and exalted, and the things that were under him filled the temple.

Above Him stood the seraphim; each one had six wings: with twain he covered his face and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

And seraphs stood round about him: each one had six wings: and with two they covered their face, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.

The Seraphims were standing above the throne. One had six wings, and the other had six wings: with two they were covering his face, and with two they were covering his feet, and with two they were flying.

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And one called unto another, and said: Holy, holy, holy, is YHWH of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.

And they were crying out to one another, and saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!”

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And the posts of the door were moved at the voice of them that called, and the house was filled with smoke.

And the lintel shook at the voice they uttered, and the house was filled with smoke.

And the lintels above the hinges were shaken at the voice of the one crying out. And the house was filled with smoke.

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Then said I: Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, YHWH of hosts.

And I said, Woe is me, for I am pricked to the heart; for being a man, and having unclean lips, I dwell in the midst of a people having unclean lips; and I have seen with mine eyes the King, the Lord of hosts.

Then I said, Woe is me, I am dismayed; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

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Then flew unto me one of the seraphim, with a glowing stone in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar;

And there was sent to me one of the seraphs, and he had in his hand a coal, which he had taken off the altar with the tongs

And one of the Seraphims flew to me, and in his hand was a burning coal, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.

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and he touched my mouth with it, and said: Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin expiated.

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And I heard the voice of YHWH, saying: Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said: 'Here am I; send me.'

And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go to this people? And I said, behold, I am here, send me. And he said, Go, and say to this people,

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And He said: 'Go, and tell this people: hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Ye shall hear indeed, but ye shall not understand; and ye shall see indeed, but ye shall not perceive.

And he said: “Go forth! And you shall say to this people: ‘When you listen, you will hear and not understand. And when you see a vision, you will not comprehend.’

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10  Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they, seeing with their eyes, and hearing with their ears, and understanding with their heart, return, and be healed.'

10  For the heart of this people has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

10  Blind the heart of this people. Make their ears heavy and close their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and then I would heal them.”

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11  Then said I: 'Lord, how long?' And He answered: 'Until cities be waste without inhabitant, and houses without man, and the land become utterly waste,

11  And I said, How long, O Lord? And he said, Until cities be deserted by reason of their not being inhabited, and the houses by reason of there being no men, and the land shall be left desolate.

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12  And YHWH have removed men far away, and the forsaken places be many in the midst of the land.

12  And after this God shall remove the men far off, and they that are left upon the land shall be multiplied.

12  For the Lord will take the men far away, and she who will have been left behind will be multiplied in the midst of the earth.

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13  And if there be yet a tenth in it, it shall again be eaten up; as a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stock remaineth, when they cast their leaves, so the holy seed shall be the stock thereof.'

13  And yet there shall be a tenth upon it, and again it shall be for a spoil, as a turpentine tree, and as an acorn when it falls out of its husk.

13  But still, there will be a tithing within her, and she will be converted, and she will be put on display, like a terebinth tree and like an oak which extends its branches. And what will remain standing within her will be a holy offspring.