The seraphim are angelic beings mentioned in the book of Isaiah, chapter 6. These angels appeared to Isaiah as God called Isaiah to prophetic ministry through a vision. As Isaiah watches, he sees the Lord God Himself seated upon His throne with all majesty and power. He then sees some strange-looking beings, which he calls seraphs: "Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew" (Isaiah 6:2).
When Isaiah realizes that he is in the presence of the Almighty, he falls to the ground, proclaiming that his sins have ruined him in the presence of the holy God. One of the seraphim immediately flies to Isaiah with a burning coal, touching his mouth and proclaiming, "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for" (Isaiah 6:7).
God's angels have many different functions, and from this passage it seems that seraphs' main job is to worship God continually: "And one called to another and said: 'Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!' And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke" (Isaiah 6:3–4). The seraphim join the cherubim (mentioned in Ezekiel 5 and 10) in their constant praise and worship of God.
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