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Isaiah 6 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Throne Room

In the year that King Uzziah died,[a] I clearly saw the Lord.[b] He was seated on his exalted throne, towering high above me.[c] His long, flowing robe of splendor spread throughout the templet.[d] Standing above him were the angels of flaming fire,[e] each with six wings: with two wings they covered their faces in reverence, with two wings they covered their feet, and with two wings they flew.[f] And one called out to another, saying:

    “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God,
    Commander of Angel Armies![g]
    The whole earth is filled with his glory!”[h]

The thunderous voice of the fiery angels caused the foundations of the thresholds to tremble[i] as the cloud of glory[j] filled the temple!

Isaiah’s Seventh Woe

Then I stammered and said, “Woe is me! I’m destroyed[k]—doomed as a sinful man! For my words are tainted and I live among people who talk the same way.[l] King Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies! My eyes have gazed upon him!”

Then out of the smoke, one of the angels of fire flew to me. He had in his hands a burning coal he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See? The burning coal from the altar has touched your lips. Your guilt is taken away; your sin is blotted out.”[m]

Then I heard the Lord saying, “Whom should I send to my people? Who will go to represent us?”

I spoke up and said, “I will be the one. Send me.”[n]

Isaiah’s Message

Then he said, “Go and tell the people:
    ‘You keep listening but understand nothing.
    You keep watching but learn nothing.’
10 Go and preach a message that will make their hearts dull,[o]
    their ears plugged, and their eyes blind.[p]
    Otherwise, their eyes will begin to see,
    their ears will begin to hear,
    their hearts will begin to understand,
    and they will return to me for healing and be healed.”[q]
11 Then I asked, “O Lord, for how long?”
    He answered,
    “Until their houses and cities are destroyed and uninhabited
    and their land a desolate wasteland.
12 Until the Lord has exiled them all to a distant country
    and the entire land lies deserted.”
13 Yet if even a tenth[r] remains there,[s]
    it will be burned again.
    It will be like a fallen oak or terebinth tree when it is felled;
    the stump still lives to grow again.[t]
    Now, the “stump” is the holy seed.[u]


  1. Isaiah 6:1 King Uzziah died a leper (2 Chron. 26:23). It is likely that the prophecies of Isaiah chs. 1–5 were given before Uzziah’s death in 740 BC. The prophet realized that God would judge even a king if he sinned. Isaiah saw the holiness of God in the judgment of the leprous king and knew that if his uncle Uzziah would be judged, he would be too. When we see the way he deals with sin, our eyes are opened and we see the Lord as he really is.
  2. Isaiah 6:1 Although the word for “Lord” here is Adonai (“Sovereign or Master”), we see from vv. 3 and 5 that it was “the Lord God, Commander of hosts.” Long before Jesus was born, Isaiah saw his glory (John 12:41).
  3. Isaiah 6:1 Isaiah mentions this throne seven times (6:1; 9:7; 14:13; 16:5; 22:23; 47:1; 66:1). Transported into the throne room, Isaiah overheard the solemn chanting of the seraphim. He felt the trembling of the very foundations of the temple, and he witnessed the rainbow glory robe of almighty God. He also saw an altar, fire with burning coals, antiphonal singing, and flying seraphim.
  4. Isaiah 6:1 This very robe of glory has touched us in Christ, for we are his temple. When we “put on Christ,” we are robed in his splendor before God and angels. Just the seam/edge of his robe fills the temple. This is a picture not just of the majesty of God but of his incomparable size.
  5. Isaiah 6:2 Or “seraphim (burning ones),” the fiery custodians of the holiness of God. The seraphs were a class of angels stationed around the throne of God. Seraph comes from the Hebrew word for “burn.” Some have equated the seraphim with the living creatures mentioned in Rev. 4:6-9. They were on fire, burning with the adoration of God.
  6. Isaiah 6:2 With wings folded upward and wings folded downward, they appeared to Isaiah as huge flames of fire. What Isaiah saw is still taking place today in heaven’s throne room.
  7. Isaiah 6:3 Almost every Jewish commentator speaks of the threefold repetition of the word holy as a reference to the way God manifests his holiness (1) in heaven, (2) in this world, and (3) in the ages to come. Today we can see the triune God being praised: Holy (Father), Holy (Son), Holy (Spirit). Throughout church history this sacred chant has been heard in liturgy, worship, and song. Fifty times Isaiah calls him “the Holy One of Israel.”
  8. Isaiah 6:3 Isaiah saw the sinfulness of man; the seraphim saw the glory of God. Isaiah had to see what the angels see. Every true voice for God must have the revelation of glory filling the earth. Without this vision, we are only seeing part of the truth. What fills the earth is his glory, not our sinfulness. This is occurring now, not just in the future.
  9. Isaiah 6:4 What caused this shaking? The celestial praises of God, sung to their highest, caused the foundations to shake.
  10. Isaiah 6:4 Or “(holy) smoke.” This cloud (smoke) is mentioned seven times in Isaiah: 4:5; 6:4; 9:18; 14:31; 34:10; 51:6; 65:5.
  11. Isaiah 6:5 The Hebrew word nidmêti can be translated “finished, cut off, pierced through, devastated, destroyed, doomed, undone, silenced, ruined.” See also Judg. 13:22; Job 42:5-6. Isaiah pronounces his seventh woe upon himself.
  12. Isaiah 6:5 Isaiah was a prophet who made his living from speaking, yet he calls himself a man with unclean lips. He declares himself a sinner who has offended with his words. He has offended others, and he has offended the holiness of God. Polluted with sin, his words (and ours) are “unclean” (foul, defiled, polluted, contaminated).
  13. Isaiah 6:7 Or “Your sin is atoned for.” Instead of the seraph throwing him out of the sanctuary, he brought God’s cleansing coal. It was a coal, for when God judged sin, only coals of fire were left; it speaks of a finished sacrifice. The fires of wrath were spent on Christ. The word for “coal” is ritzpah and means “ceremonial stone.” In the temple, incense was poured upon the ritzpah stone. Then the stone was placed in the fire, creating the fragrance of the burning sacrifice of the Lamb of God. This white-hot stone that was placed on Isaiah’s lips is perhaps the “shining white stone” given to the overcomers (Rev. 2:17).
  14. Isaiah 6:8 No prophet or servant of the Lord answered God’s call more swiftly than Isaiah.
  15. Isaiah 6:10 Or “make fat (calloused) their hearts.” Light rejected hardens the heart. See Ex. 8:15.
  16. Isaiah 6:10 Or “plaster over their eyes.” Isaiah’s message is to those who practice idolatry. As they worship idols of wood and stone with no eyes or ears, they become like that which they worship. See also Jer. 10:14.
  17. Isaiah 6:10 To those who have an ear for God and a heart to receive revelation, more will be given. To those who do not have a heart to hear God, even the little revelation they have will be taken from them (Matt. 13:11-15). Jesus came speaking in parables. He longed for the open heart to receive more while the closed heart would be blinded further. The paradox of these verses is in the way God’s Word closes the hearts and minds of the rebellious but opens the ears and eyes of the hungry seeker.
  18. Isaiah 6:13 The tenth could be the tenth reign of a king or the tenth part of the people.
  19. Isaiah 6:13 See 2 Kings 25:12, 22.
  20. Isaiah 6:13 The two trees mentioned here (terebinth and oak) grow in the Middle East. They both have the power to produce new shoots even when cut down to a stump.
  21. Isaiah 6:13 Or “The seed of holiness is its stump” or “The stump is the sacred seed.” Isaiah uses the word seed twenty-five times. This is not the end but a new beginning. God always has remnant people, even in a time of judgment. Today true believers have the “holy seed” of Christ within them, for they have been born from above. Note the seven requirements of the divine call: (1) a revelation of God, high and lifted up (vv. 1–4), (2) a revelation of holiness (vv. 1–4), (3) a revelation of our uncleanness (v. 5), (4) divine cleansing (vv. 6–7), (5) a personal call—the voice of the Lord (v. 8), (6) abandonment to God (v. 8), and (7) divine commissioning (vv. 9–13).
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