Isaiah 6:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Isaiah 6:7, NIV: With it he touched my mouth and said, 'See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.'

Isaiah 6:7, ESV: And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah 6:7, KJV: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Isaiah 6:7, NASB: He touched my mouth with it and said, 'Behold, this has touched your lips; and your guilt is taken away and atonement is made for your sin.'

Isaiah 6:7, NLT: He touched my lips with it and said, 'See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.'

Isaiah 6:7, CSB: He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your iniquity is removed and your sin is atoned for.

What does Isaiah 6:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Seeing God's glory in the temple has utterly convinced Isaiah that he is unworthy to speak about the Lord's holiness. In fact, Isaiah knows that his sinfulness makes him so unworthy to appear before the Lord that he deserves to die (Isaiah 6:5). The Lord's purpose in revealing Himself to Isaiah was not to judge him for unworthiness. Has plans to use Isaiah as His prophet to His people.

One of the "fiery serpent" seraphim angels flies toward Isaiah with a burning-hot coal from the altar of atonement or incense (Isaiah 6:6). He places the coal against Isaiah's mouth. He tells Isaiah that when the coal touched his lips, his personal guilt was taken away and his sin paid for.

The word "atone" means to make amends or reparation. In other words, Isaiah's sin was covered by the fire from the alter where Israel sacrificed the animals to receive atonement on a national level. With his sin set aside, Isaiah was free to be used by the Lord to give God's word to his people.