Ezekiel 1

The Vision of Four Figures

Now 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.
(On the fifth of the month
Lit it was
in the f fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile,
the 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.)

As 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. Within it there were figures resembling l four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human m form. Each of them had n four faces and o four wings. Their 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.
Under their wings on their r four sides were human s hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, their wings touched one another; their faces did t not turn when they moved, each u went straight forward. 10 As 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.
11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and z two covering their bodies. 12 And 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.
14 And the living beings ag ran to and fro like bolts of ah lightning.

15 Now 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.
16 The 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.
17 Whenever they
Lit went
moved, they
Lit went
moved in any of their four
Lit sides
directions without ar turning as they
Lit went
18 As 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

22 Now 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.
23 Under 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. 24 I 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.
25 And there came a voice from above the bl expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.

26 Now 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.
27 Then 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.
28 As 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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