11In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by 2the Chebar canal, 3the heavens were opened, and I saw 4visions of God.a2
On the fifth day of the month (it was 5the fifth year of 6the exile of King Jehoiachin),
the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel 7the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by 8the Chebar canal, and 9the hand of the LORD was upon him there.
As I looked, behold, 10a stormy wind came 11out of the north, and a great cloud, with 12brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, 13as it were gleaming metal.b5
And from the midst of it came the likeness of 14four living creatures. 15And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness,
616but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings.
Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf's foot. And they sparkled 17like burnished bronze.
Under their wings 18on their four sides 19they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:
their wings touched one another. 20Each one of them went straight forward, 21without turning as they went.