Isaiah 6:2, The Seraphim’s Wings and Feet
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
//Ever wonder what a seraph looks like? Isaiah 14:29 gives this description:
[F]rom the root of that snake will spring up a viper, its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.
So it appears serpentine and fiery, matching this description of the seraph in Numbers 21:6:
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Scary stuff! But if a seraph is serpentine, what’s this about it having feet? Today’s verse says it has six wings: Two to cover its eyes, two to cover its feet, and two to fly.
Well, here’s a possibility, according to some scholars. A few days back in the discussion of Ruth and Boaz, I mentioned that “feet” in the Bible is often a euphemism for genitals, and in a conversation about that post, I promised another example. So, in today’s verse, two of the Seraphim’s wings cover its “feet.” But I have to admit, the fiery image has lost most of its ferocity now, as it flies around covering its eyes and genitals.
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