In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a
throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the
Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with
two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their
feet, and with two they flew.
And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is
the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory."
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who
called, and the house filled with smoke.
And I said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of
unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my
eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!"
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had
been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.
The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: "Now that
this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin
is blotted out."
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I
send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I;
Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD
glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory
thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the
cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the
wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the
forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!"
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned
as king forever.
May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his
people with peace!
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh,
to live according to the flesh--
for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by
the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into
fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry,
it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we
are children of God,
and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with
Christ--if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be
glorified with him.
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.
He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know
that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do
these signs that you do apart from the presence of God."
Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see
the kingdom of God without being born from above."
Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone be born after having
grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb
and be born?"
Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter
the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the
Spirit is spirit.
Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from
The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it
is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?"
Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet
you do not understand these things?
"Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and
testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our
If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended
from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so
must the Son of Man be lifted up,
that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so
that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have
"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn
the world, but in order that the world might be saved through