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Isaiah 6:1-6 New Living Translation (NLT)

Isaiah’s Cleansing and Call

It was in the year King Uzziah died[a] that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
    The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.

Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.

Footnotes:

  1. 6:1 King Uzziah died in 740 B.c.
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Isaiah 6:1-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Isaiah’s Vision

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw [in a vision] the Lord sitting on a throne, high and exalted, with the train of His royal robe filling the [most holy part of the] temple. Above Him seraphim (heavenly beings) stood; each one had six wings: with two wings he covered his face, with two wings he covered his feet, and with two wings he flew. And one called out to another, saying,

“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is filled with His glory.”

And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, and the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said,

“Woe is me! For I am ruined,
Because I am a man of [ceremonially] unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.

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Isaiah 6:1-8 The Message (MSG)

Holy, Holy, Holy!

1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Master sitting on a throne—high, exalted!—and the train of his robes filled the Temple. Angel-seraphs hovered above him, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew. And they called back and forth one to the other,

Holy, Holy, Holy is God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
His bright glory fills the whole earth.

The foundations trembled at the sound of the angel voices, and then the whole house filled with smoke. I said,

“Doom! It’s Doomsday!
    I’m as good as dead!
Every word I’ve ever spoken is tainted—
    blasphemous even!
And the people I live with talk the same way,
    using words that corrupt and desecrate.
And here I’ve looked God in the face!
    The King! God-of-the-Angel-Armies!”

Then one of the angel-seraphs flew to me. He held a live coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with the coal and said,

“Look. This coal has touched your lips.
    Gone your guilt,
    your sins wiped out.”
And then I heard the voice of the Master:
    “Whom shall I send?
    Who will go for us?”
I spoke up,
    “I’ll go.
    Send me!”

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Isaiah 6:1-6 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.

Footnotes:

  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).
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Isaiah 6:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”

And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

So I said:

“Woe is me, for I am [a]undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 6:5 destroyed, cut off
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