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1 In the yeere that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting vpon a throne, high and lifted vp, and his traine filled the Temple.

2 Aboue it stood the Seraphims: each one had sixe wings, with twaine he couered his face, and with twaine hee couered his feete, and with twaine hee did flie.

3 And one cryed vnto another, and sayd; Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hostes, the whole earth is full of his glory.

4 And the posts of the doore moued at the voyce of him that cryed, and the house was filled with smoke.

5 ¶ Then sayd I; woe is me; for I am vndone, because I am a man of vncleane lippes, and I dwell in the midst of a people of vncleane lippes: for mine eyes haue seene the king, the Lord of hostes.

6 Then flew one of the Seraphims vnto mee, hauing a liue-cole in his hand, which hee had taken with the tongs from off the altar.

7 And he laide it vpon my mouth, and sayd, Loe, this hath touched thy lippes, and thine iniquitie is taken away, and thy sinne purged.

8 Also I heard the voyce of the Lord, saying; Whom shall I send, and who will goe for vs? Then I saide; Heere am I, send me.

9 ¶ And he sayd, Goe and tell this people; Heare yee indeede, but vnderstand not: and see yee indeed, but perceiue not.

10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their eares heauy, and shut their eyes: lest they see with their eyes, and heare with their eares, and vnderstand with their heart, and conuert and be healed.

11 Then sayd I; Lord, how long? And hee answered, Untill the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be vtterly desolate,

12 And the Lord haue remoued men farre away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

13 ¶ But yet in it shalbe a tenth, and it shall returne, and shall be eaten: as a Teyle tree, and as an Oke whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaues: so the holy seede shall be the substance thereof.

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Commentary for Isaiah 6

The vision which Isaiah beheld in the temple. (1-8) The Lord declares the blindness to come upon the Jewish nation, and the destruction which would follow. (9-13)1-8 In this figurative vision, the temple is thrown open to view, even to the most holy place. The prophet, standing outside the temple, sees the Divine Presence seated on the mercy-seat, raised over the ark of the covenant, between the cherubim and seraphim, and the Divine glory filled the whole temple. See God upon his throne. This vision is explained, #Joh 12:41|, that Isaiah now saw Christ's glory, and spake of Him, which is a full proof that our Saviour is God. In Christ Jesus, God is seated on a throne of grace; and through him the way into the holiest is laid open. See God's temple, his church on earth, filled with his glory. His train, the skirts of his robes, filled the temple, the whole world, for it is all God's temple. And yet he dwells in every contrite heart. See the blessed attendants by whom his government is served. Above the throne stood the holy angels, called seraphim, which means "burners;" they burn in love to God, and zeal for his glory against sin. The seraphim showing their faces veiled, declares that they are ready to yield obedience to all God's commands, though they do not understand the secret reasons of his counsels, government, or promises. All vain-glory, ambition, ignorance, and pride, would be done away by one view of Christ in his glory. This awful vision of the Divine Majesty overwhelmed the prophet with a sense of his own vileness. We are undone if there is not a Mediator between us and this holy God. A glimpse of heavenly glory is enough to convince us that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Nor is there a man that would dare to speak to the Lord, if he saw the justice, holiness, and majesty of God, without discerning his glorious mercy and grace in Jesus Christ. The live coal may denote the assurance given to the prophet, of pardon, and acceptance in his work, through the atonement of Christ. Nothing is powerful to cleanse and comfort the soul, but what is taken from Christ's satisfaction and intercession. The taking away sin is necessary to our speaking with confidence and comfort, either to God in prayer, or from God in preaching; and those shall have their sin taken away who complain of it as a burden, and see themselves in danger of being undone by it. It is great comfort to those whom God sends, that they go for God, and may therefore speak in his name, assured that he will bear them out.

9-13 God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. Many hear the sound of God's word, but do not feel the power of it. God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindness of mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love of it. But no humble inquirer after Christ, need to fear this awful doom, which is a spiritual judgment on those who will still hold fast their sins. Let every one pray for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit, that he may perceive how precious are the Divine mercies, by which alone we are secured against this dreadful danger. Yet the Lord would preserve a remnant, like the tenth, holy to him. And blessed be God, he still preserves his church; however professors or visible churches may be lopped off as unfruitful, the holy seed will shoot forth, from whom all the numerous branches of righteousness shall arise.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 6

  • Stanjett
    Here I am. Send me. As I see the last days approaching, I would not mind at all being one of the two witnesses in the last days. I would not mind at all in being killed because I know that I will be revived. But since I think they will be Jews I guess I can't. But, here I am Lord.
  • Bill
    Hi Stanjett. I believe the 2 witnesses are Enoch and Elijah from the Old Testament since they are the only 2 people we have in God's Word who have never died yet. This is just my opinion and like yourself, I love studying the Word of God.
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  • Ivy Johnson
    Isaiah’s Vision and Commission! Chapter 6:
    In perhaps the most beautiful vision of his life, Isaiah saw God and experience His forgiving power. The prophet was cleansed and commissioned by God to declare to People Gods
    Message: The fire(Vss. 6-7) was a symbol of the Cleansing. and lo, this has touched thy lips,
    and thine iniquity is taken away: and thy sin purged: Lord do that to me!


  • Obbie Beal
    Again; GOD is about to exercise HIS rights (during the day of Isaiah ) to will make the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, and the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. (during the day of 2018 - 20_ _ the book of Revelation tell the rest of the story. WOW! WOW! WOW!.
  • Gillio
    Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. In vs5 Isaiah speaks in the fear of the Lord as he stands before the Holy altar of God the father in Heavan. realizing his own sinful heart and the hearts of the nation of Israel. He as well as they stand naked in their sin before God. God removes his sin and covers his transgressions. Isaiahs heart is transformed and he willingly volunteers
  • BSP
    Verse 8~Isaiah didn't know the full scope of the assignment before he accepted it, but he eagerly volunteered and put full faith and trust in Jehovah God.
  • Michael
    The throne is in each of us. Not until whatever I've crowned king DIES do I "see" the Lord on the throne... though, of course, I do not *perceive* from my place of uncleanness, as the Isaiah in each of us is sent to tell me.

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