Bible: Isaiah 6:9-13

6:9 He said, “Go and tell these people:

‘Listen continually, but don’t understand!

Look continually, but don’t perceive!’

6:10 Make the hearts of these people calloused;

make their ears deaf and their eyes blind!

Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears,

their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.” 1 

6:11 I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said,

Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated,

and houses are uninhabited,

and the land is ruined and devastated,

6:12 and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place,

and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned. 2 

6:13 Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, 3  like one of the large sacred trees 4  or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. 5  That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family.” 6 

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