The reluctant response of Isaiah (Isa 6:5-6:5)

“I said.

‘Woe is me!

I am lost!

I am a man of unclean lips.

I live among a people of unclean lips.

Yet my eyes have seen

The King,

Yahweh of hosts!’”

Isaiah assumes the first personal singular with his response to this situation. He felt that he was lost, since he was a man of unclean lips, living with other unclean people. However, his eyes had seen Yahweh, the king and lord of all. There was a belief that if you saw God, Yahweh, you would die.

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