2 thoughts on “The Prophet Isaiah

  1. lurice0

    what is the meaning of the symbol to the right of his head? It looks like tongs holding a gold nugget? It’s always seen in Art of Isaiah.
    Isaiah always usually seen holding a scroll of his writings.
    Also now wondering what the symbol to the left of his head is?

    1. stjosaphat Post author

      the “gold nugget” is a hot coal given to Isaiah by one of the angels, as a way to cleanse his lips and prepare him to be a prophet of God.

      See Isaiah 6:1-9

      In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”
      And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”

      Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
      “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”
      Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
      “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”
      Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” And He said, “Go, and tell this people…


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