In the year of the death of king Uzziah -- I see the Lord,
sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and His train is filling the temple.
Seraphs are standing above it: six wings hath each one; with
two each covereth its face, and with two each covereth its feet,
and with two each flieth.
And this one hath called unto that, and hath said: 'Holy,
Holy, Holy, is Jehovah of Hosts, The fulness of all the earth is
And the posts of the thresholds are moved by the voice of
him who is calling, and the house is full of smoke.
And I say, 'Wo to me, for I have been silent, For a man --
unclean of lips am I, And in midst of a people unclean of lips I am
dwelling, Because the King, Jehovah of Hosts, have my eyes seen.'
And flee unto me doth one of the seraphs, and in his hand a
burning coal, (with tongs he hath taken it from off the altar,)
and he striketh against my mouth, and saith: 'Lo, this hath
stricken against thy lips, And turned aside is thine iniquity, And thy sin is
And I hear the voice of the Lord, saying: 'Whom do I send?
and who doth go for Us?' And I say, 'Here am I, send me.'
And He saith, 'Go, and thou hast said to this people, Hear
ye -- to hear, and ye do not understand, And see ye -- to see, and ye do not
Declare fat the heart of this people, And its ears declare
heavy, And its eyes declare dazzled, Lest it see with its eyes, And with its
ears hear, and its heart consider, And it hath turned back, and hath health.'
And I say, 'Till when, O Lord?' And He saith, 'Surely till
cities have been wasted without inhabitant, And houses without man, And the
ground be wasted -- a desolation,
And Jehovah hath put man far off, And great is the
forsaken part in the heart of the land.
And yet in it a tenth, and it hath turned, And hath been for
a burning, As a teil-tree, and as an oak, that in falling, Have substance in
them, The holy seed is its substance!'