CHAPTER 6. c. 7 For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great tenderness I will take you back. e. Blessings of Prosperity and Consolation. Later legend (the Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah) claims that Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh, executed Isaiah by having him sawed in two; cf. Isaiah (Yesa yahu = Yahweh is salvation) is one of the most outstanding and most important of the prophets. 6 A voice roaring from the city, a voice from the temple; The voice of the LORD. d. [6:5] Is 29:13; Mt 15:1–11; Mk 7:1–13; Col 2:20–23. CHAPTER 6. chaps. 3 And they were calling to one another: rendering recompense to his enemies! Isaiah 6. * [6:9–10] Isaiah’s words give evidence that he attempted in every way, through admonition, threat, and promise, to bring the people to conversion (cf. Assyria acted quickly and its army, after ravaging Judah, laid siege to Jerusalem (701). ), and the revolt against Sennacherib (705–701 B.C.). The Lord— The Divine Majesty as he subsisteth in three persons. The Lord GOD will wipe away. * For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips,d and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” 1 In the year in which king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, sublime and exalted, and the things that were under him filled the temple. I have summoned my warriors, eager and bold to carry out my anger. His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God My Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace. Isaiah gives an ominous prophecy of impending doom to Hezekiah for his foolish ostentation (39:5-7). CHAPTER 2. The hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphim * were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they hovered. The ark of the covenant was God’s footstool (Ps 132:7–8; 1 Chr 28:2), placed under the cherubim (1 Kgs 8:6–7). 2 * In days to come,. the veil that veils all peoples, The web that is woven over all nations. 6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. This incident focused his ministry and prepared him for it. 5 or because Aram, Ephraim and the son of Remaliah have been plotting against you and saying:. Isaiah’s Commission. 6. Lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears. He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me. Isaiah 9:6 NASB1995 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty … 1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he received in the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah kings of Judah. 1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 1 In the year King Uzziah died, * I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, a with the train of his garment filling the temple. f. 7 * Was he smitten as his smiter was smitten? With two wings they covered their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew. 2 The Seraphims were standing above the throne. 7 * Yet, LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you our potter: we are all the work of your hand. ©2021 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Explore more inspirational selections here. 13 – 16 ). 8 I am the LORD, LORD is my name; my glory I give to no other, Isaiah Chapter 55 1 1 All you who are thirsty, come to the water! “I shut up Hezekiah like a bird in his cage,” boasts the famous inscription of Sennacherib. 2 3 He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. whose right hand I grasp, Subduing nations before him, stripping kings of their strength, Opening doors before him, leaving the gates unbarred: Isaiah may be alluding to the belief that the city was inviolable. THE BOOK OF ISAIAH Isaiah, one of the greatest of the prophets, appeared at a critical moment in Israel’s history. The resulting Syro-Ephraimite War was the original occasion for many of Isaiah’s oracles (cf. I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, Yahweh Sabaoth.'. By accepting this message, you will be leaving the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. a 3 Many peoples shall come and say: “Come, let us go up to the LORD’s mountain,. 2 You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, As they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing spoils. * [6:3] Holy, holy, holy: these words have been used in Christian liturgy from the earliest times. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Introduction Isaiah 6 records the “call” of the young prophet to the difficult task of preaching a message of judgment to the nation. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother's womb he gave me my name. Plucked my beard: a grave insult. Chapters 56–66 (Third Isaiah, or Trito-Isaiah) contain oracles from the postexilic period and were composed by writers imbued with the spirit of Isaiah who continued his work. 2 Upon the bare mountains set up a signal;. Indeed, it appears that there were originally separate smaller collections of oracles (note especially chaps. In response, the Lord announces a judgment on Assyria (vv. Prince of Peace - For to us a child is born, a son will be given to us, and the government will be upon His shoulder. 2 Seraphim * were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they hovered. Isaiah Chapter 9 1 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. Holy offspring: part of the phrase is missing from the Septuagint and may be a later addition; it provides a basis for hope for the future. 5–6, and such silence is attested elsewhere as the appropriate response to the vision of the Lord in the Temple (Hb 2:20). Isaiah 6-10 New International Version (NIV) Isaiah’s Commission. and have delivered us up to our crimes. 1 In the year King Uzziah died, * I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, a with the train of his garment filling the temple. that of an immense throng! Here, however, it is used adjectivally of the cherubim, who are not serpent-like, as seen in the fact that they have faces and sexual parts (“feet”). f. [6:9] Mt 13:10–17; Mk 4:10–12; Lk 8:9–10; Acts 28:25–28. 2Seraphim* were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they hovered.b Temple: the holy place, just in front of the holy of holies. Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 5 [6] He willingly submits to insults and beatings. 1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he received in the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah kings of Judah. ©2021 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Explore more inspirational selections here, The Lord Alone, Israel’s and Judah’s Salvation (, The Lord’s Glory in Israel’s Liberation (, Expiation of Sin, Spiritual Liberation of Israel (. * [55:6–9] The invitation to seek the Lord is motivated by the mercy of a God whose “ways” are completely mysterious. 6. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of … When Hezekiah came to the throne in 715 B.C., Isaiah appears to have put great hopes in this new scion of David, and he undoubtedly supported the religious reform that Hezekiah undertook. Wonder-Counselor: remarkable for his wisdom and prudence. 1 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, * Cyrus,. 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 6 On this mountain * the LORD of hosts. Let the earth and what fills it listen, the world and all it produces. the rumble on the mountains:. 7 He touched my mouth # Jr 1:9; Dn 10:16 with it and said: Isaiah saw not Jehovah—the essence of God (no man has seen that, or can see it), but Adonai—his dominion. He saw the Lord Jesus; so this vision is explained Jn. a 2 The LORD is angry with all the nations,. Isaiah, one of the greatest of the prophets, appeared at a critical moment in Israel’s history. That is the reason for their punishment (vv. By judgment and justice, both now and forever. to Sennacherib’s siege of Jerusalem in 701 B.C., and it may have continued even longer, until after the death of Hezekiah in 687 B.C. CHAPTER 6. ), the accession of Hezekiah (715 B.C. Holy, Holy, Holy! Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. * Shebna: by the time of the siege of Jerusalem in 36:3, Shebna, the scribe, no ... By accepting this message, you will be leaving the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Gn 32:31; Ex 33:20; Jgs 13:22. ), the revolt of Ashdod (714–711 B.C. 56:2 , 4 , 6 . 1 Come near, nations, and listen;. The vision which Isaiah beheld in the temple. 8 “Then your light will break out like the dawn, 2 ... United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 3211 4th Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20017-1194 (202) 541-3000 servant and master, There is material in the book that may plausibly be associated with Sennacherib’s campaign against Babylon and its Arabian allies in 694–689 B.C. But it was too late; the revolt had already begun. “See,” he said, “now that this has touched your lips,* your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.”e. Isaiah Chapter 43 1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. In the year that Uzziah, king of Judah, died (742), Isaiah received his call to the prophetic office in the Temple of Jerusalem. 8 In an outburst of wrath, for a moment. Isaiah may have lived and prophesied for another dozen years after 701. 1 * Arise! a 3 I have commanded my consecrated ones, *. Isaiah 6 is the sixth chapter of the Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet Isaiah, and is a part of the Book of the Prophets. 1), there follows a prayer on behalf of Jerusalem which recalls what God had done in the past (vv. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his … a. 42:9; 43:9, 18; 46:9–10; 48:3–8); both the old things (e.g., creation, exodus) and the new things (release from … 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? and lived in Jerusalem. A Final Plea. The argument from prediction is an important theme in Second Isaiah and occurs also in 41:22; 43:10; 44:7–8, 26. 8 Driving out and expelling, he struggled against it, carrying it off with his cruel wind on a day of storm. enraged against all their host; 4 [5] The Servant does not refuse the divine vocation. Isaiah 6. For Isaiah, the vision of God’s majesty was so overwhelming that military and political power faded into insignificance. 7 On this mountain he will destroy. 7–9). 6 There are none who call upon your name, none who rouse themselves to take hold of you; For you have hidden your face from us. and its inhabitants die like flies, My salvation shall remain forever. He was sitting on a very high throne. You who have no money, come, ... 6 Seek the LORD while he may be found, call him while he is near. 8 He will destroy death forever. This link is provided solely for the user's convenience. 1 See! * [58:6–12] Fasting is not genuine without reforming one’s way of life. A feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines. note on 3:1–12) would result in a disproportion of the sexes and leave the female population without enough male partners. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 6 His dominion is vast. 1 But the LORD will take pity on Jacob and again choose Israel, and will settle them on their own land; foreigners will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob. Babylon. * [55:6–9] The invitation to seek the Lord is motivated by the mercy of a God whose “ways” are completely mysterious. It records the calling of Isaiah to be the messenger of God to the people of Israel. * [6:2] Seraphim: the plural of saraph (“to burn”), a term used to designate the “fiery” serpents of the wilderness (Nm 21:8; Dt 8:15), and to refer to “winged” serpents (Is 14:29; 30:6). Looking for a fundamental understanding of the Bible? Let him turn back to Yahweh who will take pity on him, to our God, for he is rich in forgiveness; 8 for my thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not my ways, declares Yahweh. cry out to them, * Beckon for them to enter. 10 – 12 ) that will lead to the purification of Jerusalem’s inhabitants (vv. A high and lofty throne: within the holy of holies of the Jerusalem Temple stood two cherubim, or winged sphinxes, whose outstretched wings served as the divine throne (1 Kgs 6:23–28; Ez 1:4–28; 10:1, 20). He was born around the year 700 B.C. But the old intrigues began again, and the king was sorely tempted to join with neighboring states in an alliance sponsored by Egypt against Assyria. Isaiah succeeded in keeping Hezekiah out of Ashdod’s abortive revolt against Assyria, but when Sargon died in 705 B.C., with both Egypt and Babylon encouraging revolt, Hezekiah was won over to the pro-Egyptian party. 1In the year King Uzziah died,* I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,a with the train of his garment filling the temple. In Christian tradition and liturgy, this passage is used to refer to Christ. Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you. Then my own arm came to my rescue and my own fury supported me. d * Seven women…one man: deportation (cf. Isaiah seems to expect this as an eventual consequence of Judah’s submission as vassal to the Assyrians; cf. Copyright 2019-2021 USCCB, please review our Privacy Policy, On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti). CHAPTER 45. 6 Raise your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth below; Though the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth wear out like a garment. The ministry of Isaiah extended from the death of Uzziah in 742 B.C. the gates of the nobles. * [ 55:13 ] Thornbush…nettles : suggestive of the desert and therefore symbolic of suffering and hardship; cypress…myrtle : suggestive of fertile land and therefore symbolic of joy and strength. * a 2 From Lachish the king of Assyria sent his commander with a great army to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem. 3 [4-11] The third of the four "Servant-of-the-Lord" oracles; in Isaiah 50:4-9 the Servant speaks; in Isaiah 50:10-11 God reproves the people for not following the Servant. * The “voices” of vv. Isaiah 6-12 New International Version (NIV) Isaiah’s Commission. * [ 55:10 – 11 ] The efficacy of the word of God recalls 40:5 , 8 . 8 Who ever heard of such a thing, or who ever saw the like? It is not God who has been absent, but the people who have walked away from God by idolatrous acts and rituals (vv. In the year of King ‘Uziyahu’s death I saw Adonai sitting on a high, lofty throne! shall be established as the highest mountain. shall be established as the highest mountain. the news reaches them. 6. and raised above the hills. The vision of the Lord enthroned in glory stamps an indelible character on Isaiah’s ministry and provides a key to the understanding of his message. The principal divisions of the Book of Isaiah are the following: Copyright 2019-2021 USCCB, please review our Privacy Policy, On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti). 2 Burning heavenly creatures stood above him. They used two wings to cover … Isaiah couched this message in oracles of singular poetic beauty and power, oracles in which surprising shifts in syntax, audacious puns, and double- or triple-entendre are a constant feature. (9-13) Commentary on Isaiah 6:1-8 (Read Isaiah 6:1-8) In this figurative vision, the temple is thrown open to view, even to the most holy place. Isaiah denounced this “covenant with death” (28:15, 18), and again summoned Judah to faith in the Lord as the only hope. I saw— In a vision. “I am struck silent!” is suggested by the emphasis on the lips in vv. 8 “Then your light will break out like the dawn, God-Hero: a … The Sending of Isaiah. 6 The LORD calls you back, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, A wife married in youth and then cast off, says your God. Prince of Peace - For to us a child is born, a son will be given to us, and the government will be upon His shoulder. 1:18–20), so it is unlikely that this charge to “harden” is to be understood as Isaiah’s task; more probably it reflects the refusal of the people, more particularly the leaders, who were supposed to “see,” “hear,” and “understand,” a refusal which would then lead to a disastrous outcome (vv. 6 camels in throngs will fill your streets, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; everyone in Saba will come, bringing gold and incense and proclaiming Yahweh's praises. The complete Book of Isaiah is an anthology of poems composed chiefly by the great prophet, but also by disciples, some of whom came many years after Isaiah. The Northern Kingdom collapsed, under the hammerlike blows of Assyria, in 722/721 B.C., and in 701 Jerusalem itself saw the army of Sennacherib drawn up before its walls. The mountain of the LORD’s house. a 2 Silence! From this section come the great oracles known as the Servant Songs, which are reflected in the New Testament understanding of the passion and glorification of Christ. 11–12). Do not be frightened or demoralised by these two smouldering sticks of firewood, by the fierce anger of Razon, Aram and the son of Remaliah,. * c. 5Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed! and forever peaceful, Upon David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains. 6–7). 2 Seraphim * were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they hovered. 1 * Oracle on Tyre:. The Sending of Isaiah. Upon his shoulder dominion rests: authority. b 4 Listen! CHAPTER 14. This link is provided solely for the user's convenience. the tears from all faces; Isaiah 9:5-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 5 For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire. whose trunk remains when its leaves have fallen. Sign up here! * [6:4] Smoke: reminiscent of the clouds which indicated God’s presence at Mount Sinai (Ex 19:16–19; Dt 4:11) and which filled the tabernacle (Ex 40:34–38) and the Temple (1 Kgs 8:10–11) at their dedication. ), the death of Sargon (705 B.C. 7 * Before she is in labor, she gives birth; f. Before her pangs come upon her, she delivers a male child. All nations shall stream toward it. Heb 11:37. In 738 B.C., with the Assyrian defeat of Calno/Calneh (Is 10:9; Am 6:2), the anti-Assyrian league, of which Judah may have been the ringleader, collapsed, and both Israel and the Arameans of Damascus paid tribute to Assyria. Chapters 40–55 (Second Isaiah, or Deutero-Isaiah) are generally attributed to an anonymous poet who prophesied toward the end of the Babylonian exile. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. CHAPTER 23 Tyre and Sidon. 3 [4-11] The third of the four "Servant-of-the-Lord" oracles; in Isaiah 50:4-9 the Servant speaks; in Isaiah 50:10-11 God reproves the people for not following the Servant. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? 1 * This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.. Zion, the Royal City of God. Second Isaiah makes frequent reference to “things of long ago,” sometimes in conjunction with “things to come” or “new things” in connection with the Lord’s activity (cf. They were crying out to each other, “More holy than the holiest holiness is ADONAI-Tzva’ot! The Northern Kingdom collapsed, under the hammerlike blows of Assyria, in 722/721 B.C., and in 701 Jerusalem itself saw the army of Sennacherib drawn up before its walls. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB’s) mission is to encounter the mercy of Christ and to accompany His people with joy. The city was spared but at the cost of paying a huge indemnity to Assyria. A true social morality will ensure prosperity. * 1 An oracle * concerning Babylon; a vision of Isaiah, son of Amoz. Angel-seraphs hovered above him, each with six wings. 7 “Is it not to divide your bread [] with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 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