Isaiah 6

 

בִּשְׁנַת־מוֹת הַמֶּלֶךְ עֻזִּיָּהוּ וָאֶרְאֶה אֶת־אֲדֹנָי יֹשֵׁב עַל־כִּסֵּא רָם וְנִשָּׂא וְשׁוּלָיו מְלֵאִים אֶת־הַהֵיכָל׃   6:1

Isai. 6:1   It was in the year of the death of king Uzziah that I saw the Master sitting on a throne raised and lofty, and His skirts were filling the Temple.

Uzziah (or Azariah) died in or around the year 753 B.C.E.

שְׂרָפִים עֹמְדִים מִמַּעַל לוֹ שֵׁשׁ כְּנָפַיִם שֵׁשׁ כְּנָפַיִם לְאֶחָד בִּשְׁתַּיִם יְכַסֶּה פָנָיו וּבִשְׁתַּיִם יְכַסֶּה רַגְלָיו   6:2 וּבִשְׁתַּיִם יְעוֹפֵף׃

Isai. 6:2   Seraphim were present above Him.  Each had six wings.  With two of them he could cover his face and with two he could cover his feet and with two he could fly.

וְקָרָא זֶה אֶל־זֶה וְאָמַר קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת מְלֹא כָל־הָאָרֶץ כְּבוֹדוֹ׃   6:3

Isai. 6:3   And one called to another and said,

                        “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!

                  The whole earth is full of His glory.”

וַיָּנֻעוּ אַמּוֹת הַסִּפִּים מִקּוֹל הַקּוֹרֵא וְהַבַּיִת יִמָּלֵא עָשָׁן׃   6:4

Isai. 6:4   And the posts of the gates shook so from the sound of the call that the house became full of dust.

וָאֹמַר אוֹי־לִי כִי־נִדְמֵיתִי כִּי אִישׁ טְמֵא־שְׂפָתַיִם אָנֹכִי וּבְתוֹךְ עַם־טְמֵא שְׂפָתַיִם אָנֹכִי יוֹשֵׁב כִּי   6:5 אֶת־הַמֶּלֶךְ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת רָאוּ עֵינָי׃

Isai. 6:5   And I said,

                  “Woe to me, for I am undone,

                            because I am a man of unclean lips

                   and I dwell amidst a people of unclean lips,

                            that my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

וַיָּעָף אֵלַי אֶחָד מִן־הַשְּׂרָפִים וּבְיָדוֹ רִצְפָּה בְּמֶלְקַחַיִם לָקַח מֵעַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ׃   6:6

Isai. 6:6   Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a live coal he had taken from the altar in tongs.

וַיַּגַּע עַל־פִּי וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה נָגַע זֶה עַל־שְׂפָתֶיךָ וְסָר עֲוֺנֶךָ וְחַטָּאתְךָ תְּכֻפָּר׃   6:7

Isai. 6:7   And it touched against my mouth, and he said,

                  “Behold, this has touched to your lips,

                            so your iniquity will be removed,

                  and your sin will be forgiven.”

וָאֶשְׁמַע אֶת־קוֹל אֲדֹנָי אֹמֵר אֶת־מִי אֶשְׁלַח וּמִי יֵלֶךְ־לָנוּ וָאֹמַר הִנְנִי שְׁלָחֵנִי׃   6:8

Isai. 6:8   And I heard the voice of the Master saying,

                  “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”

                            And I said, “Here I am; send me.”

וַיֹּאמֶר לֵךְ וְאָמַרְתָּ לָעָם הַזֶּה שִׁמְעוּ שָׁמוֹעַ וְאַל־תָּבִינוּ וּרְאוּ רָאוֹ וְאַל־תֵּדָעוּ׃   6:9

Isai. 6:9   And He said,

                  “Go, and you shall say to this people:

                             ‘Listen carefully, but you will not understand,

                  and look intently, but you will not discern.’”

הַשְׁמֵן לֵב־הָעָם הַזֶּה וְאָזְנָיו הַכְבֵּד וְעֵינָיו הָשַׁע פֶּן־יִרְאֶה בְעֵינָיו וּבְאָזְנָיו יִשְׁמָע וּלְבָבוֹ יָבִין וָשָׁב   6:10

 וְרָפָא לוֹ׃

Isai. 6:10   “Make the heart of this people fat,

                             and make its ears heavy,

                    and make its eyes shut,

                              lest it will see with its eyes

                    and hear with its ears,

                              and its heart understand,

                    and it would return and heal itself.

וָאֹמַר עַד־מָתַי אֲדֹנָי וַיֹּאמֶר עַד אֲשֶׁר אִם־שָׁאוּ עָרִים מֵאֵין יוֹשֵׁב וּבָתִּים מֵאֵין אָדָם וְהָאֲדָמָה   6:11

  תִּשָּׁאֶה שְׁמָמָה׃

Isai. 6:11   And I said,

                    “Until when, O Master?”

                             And He said,

                    “Until when if the cities are desolate,

                             without inhabitant,

                    and the houses are without a human,

                              and the land will be a desolate waste,

וְרִחַק יְהוָה אֶת־הָאָדָם וְרַבָּה הָעֲזוּבָה בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ׃   6:12

Isai. 6:12   and the Lord will have dispersed human,

                              and the desolation in the midst of the land will be enough.”

וְעוֹד בָּהּ עֲשִׂרִיָּה וְשָׁבָה וְהָיְתָה לְבָעֵר כָּאֵלָה וְכָאַלּוֹן אֲשֶׁר בְּשַׁלֶּכֶת מַצֶּבֶת בָּם זֶרַע קֹדֶשׁ מַצַּבְתָּהּ׃   6:13

Isai. 6:13   “And were there still to be a tenth in it that will return,

                              it will also be consumed.

                    Like a terebinth or like an oak

                              from which the leaves of the trunk fall,

                     in them is the holy seed of the stock.”

The holy seed mentioned in the last line of this verse is apparently the remnant of Israel that will survive this holocaust.

 

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