Isaiah 6.1-7.6, 9.5-6
In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw God sitting on a high and lofty throne, and his train filled the Temple. The seraphim stood above him. Each had six wings: With two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet; and with two he flew. And one called to another “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.” The posts of the door shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
Then I said, “Woe is me! I am ruined; because I am a man with unclean lips; my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, with a coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it, and said, “Look, this has touched your lips; you iniquity is removed, and your sin atoned for.”
I heard God’s voice saying: Whom will I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, “Here I am, send me.”
And He said; Go, and tell this people: Hear indeed, but do not understand; see but do not perceive.
Make the heart of this people fat, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.
Then I said, “God, how long?” And He answered : Until the cities lie in waste without inhabitants, and houses without men, and the land is utterly desolate.
Until God has sent the people far away and the land is utterly desolate.
And if one tenth remain in it, it will be consumed again; but like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled, so the holy seed will be in its stump.