Then the spirit took me up
Not the wind, nor an angel, but the Spirit of God; who took up the prophet from the ground, from the place where he was, among the captives by the river Chebar, and had seen the glorious vision described in the first chapter; and had had his call and mission, as expressed in the second chapter, and hitherto in this; and was carried by him to another company of captives, who were at another place by the same river, as appears by comparing ( Ezekiel 1:1-3 ) , with ( Ezekiel 3:15 ) ; for this was not done in a visionary way, as Kimchi thinks, but in reality; not in spirit, but in body; just as the Spirit caught away Philip from the eunuch, ( Acts 8:39 ) ; and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing;
of the living creatures and wheels, as is afterwards explained: [saying], blessed [be] the glory of the Lord out of his place;
either out of heaven, the place where his glory is manifested; so the Targum, out of the place of his Shechinah or majesty; or out of the temple, from between the cherubim over the mercy seat, from whence he was about to remove, ( Ezekiel 10:4 ) . These words may be considered either as a doxology of the church, and people of God, ascribing glory, blessing, and praise unto him; not only on account of the perfections of his nature, but because of his works of nature, providence, and grace, and even for his righteous judgments on men. Maimonides F16, by his place, understands the essence of God. Or as a lamentation for the departure of the blessed and glorious majesty of God from the temple, which seemed to be threatened; for the words may be rendered, "the blessed glory of the Lord out of his place" F17; that is, it is just ready to go out of his place.
F16 Moreh Nevochim, par. 1. c. 8. p. 12.
F17 (dwbk Kwrb) "benedictam gloriam Jehovae e loco ipsius, migrantem", Junius & Tremellius, Polanus.