What are seraphim?

by Matt Slick

Seraphim are a kind of angel.  "Seraph" means to burn.  Seraphim are described as having faces, hands, and feet (this is an anthropomorphism) and are powerful creatures that do God's will.  They are mentioned twice in Scripture in Isaiah 6:2 and 6:6.  They have six wings.  They fly with two, cover their faces with two (probably signifying the radiant glory of God whom they behold and are unworthy to behold), and with the other two they cover their feet (probably signifying the respect due the radiant glory of God's presence as being holy ground or possibly readiness to carry out God's will).  They appear to be involved with glorifying God and are in proximity to his throne.

  • Isaiah 6:2-3, "Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory."
  • Isaiah 6:6, "Then one of the seraphim flew to me, with a burning coal in his hand which he had taken from the altar with tongs."
  • Rev. 4:8, "And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, 'Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.'”

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.