Ezekiel 1

The Vision of Four Figures

1Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the a  river Chebar among the exiles, the b  heavens were opened and I saw
Some ancient mss and versions read a vision
,
d  visions of God.
2(On the fifth of the month
Lit it was
in the f  fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile,
3the g  word of the  Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the h  land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there i  the hand of the  Lord came upon him.)

4As I looked, behold, a j  storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like k  glowing metal in the midst of the fire. 5Within it there were figures resembling l  four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human m  form. 6Each of them had n  four faces and o  four wings. 7Their legs were straight and
Lit the soles of their feet
their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like q  burnished bronze.
8Under their wings on their r  four sides were human s  hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, 9their wings touched one another; their faces did t  not turn when they moved, each u  went straight forward. 10As for the v  form of their faces, each had the w  face of a man;
Lit the four of them
all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and
Lit the four of them
all four had the face of an eagle.
11Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and z  two covering their bodies. 12And aa  each went straight forward; ab  wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13
So with some ancient versions; Heb as the likeness of the living beings
In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of ad  fire
Lit like the appearance of
like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was
Lit coming out
flashing from the fire.
14And the living beings ag  ran to and fro like bolts of ah  lightning.

15Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one ai  wheel on the earth beside the living beings
Lit for his four faces
for each of the four of them.
16The ak  appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like
Lit the look of beryl
sparkling am  beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if
Lit the wheel in the midst of the wheel
one wheel were within another.
17Whenever they
Lit went
moved, they
Lit went
moved in any of their four
Lit sides
directions without ar  turning as they
Lit went
moved.
18As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were at  full of eyes round about. 19 au  Whenever the living beings
Lit went
moved, the wheels
Lit went
moved with them. And whenever the living beings ax  rose from the earth, the wheels rose also.
20 ay  Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction
M.T. adds the spirit to go
. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living
M.T. reads being
beings was in the wheels.
21 bb  Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living
M.T. reads being
beings was in the wheels.

Vision of Divine Glory

22Now bd  over the heads of the living
So some ancient mss and versions; M.T. reads being
beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of
Or ice
crystal, spread out over their heads.
23Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had bg  two wings covering its body on the one side and on the other. 24I also heard the sound of their wings like the bh  sound of abundant waters as they went, like the bi  voice of
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the bk  sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.
25And there came a voice from above the bl  expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.

26Now bm  above the expanse that was over their heads there was something bn  resembling a throne, like
Heb eben-sappir
,
bp  lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a bq  man.
27Then I
Lit saw
noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something bs  like
Or electrum
glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him.
28As the appearance of the bu  rainbow
Lit which occurs in
in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the bw  glory of the  Lord. And when I saw it, I bx  fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
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