Compare Translations for Ezekiel 10:2

Ezekiel 10:2 ASV
And he spake unto the man clothed in linen, and said, Go in between the whirling [wheels], even under the cherub, and fill both thy hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.
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Ezekiel 10:2 BBE
And he said to the man clothed in linen, Go in between the wheels, under the winged ones, and get your two hands full of burning coals from between the winged ones and send them in a shower over the town. And he went in before my eyes.
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Ezekiel 10:2 CEB
He said to the man clothed in linen: Go in between the wheels under the winged creatures. Fill your hands with fiery coals from between the winged creatures, and scatter them over the city. As I watched, he went in.
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Ezekiel 10:2 CJB
He spoke to the man clothed in linen; he said, "Go in between the wheels under the k'ruvim, fill both your hands with fiery coals from between the k'ruvim, and throw them on the city." As I watched, he went.
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Ezekiel 10:2 RHE
And he spoke to the man, that was clothed with linen, and said: Go in between the wheels that are under the cherubims and fill thy hand with the coals of fire that are between the cherubims, and pour them out upon the city. And he went in, in my sight:
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Ezekiel 10:2 ESV
And he said to the man clothed in linen, "Go in among the whirling wheels underneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city."And he went in before my eyes.
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Ezekiel 10:2 GW
The LORD said to the person dressed in linen, "Go between the wheels under the angels, and fill your hands with burning coals. Then scatter them over the city." So he went between the wheels as I watched.
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Ezekiel 10:2 GNT
God said to the man wearing linen clothes, "Go between the wheels under the creatures and fill your hands with burning coals. Then scatter the coals over the city." I watched him go.
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Ezekiel 10:2 HNV
He spoke to the man clothed in linen, and said, Go in between the whirling [wheels], even under the Keruv, and fill both your hands with coals of fire from between the Keruvim, and scatter them over the city. He went in as I watched.
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Ezekiel 10:2 CSB
The Lord spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, "Go inside the wheelwork beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with hot coals from among the cherubim and scatter [them] over the city." So he went in as I watched.
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Ezekiel 10:2 KJV
And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said , Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.
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Ezekiel 10:2 LEB
And he spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, "Go {in among the wheel area under the cherubim} and fill the hollow of your hands [with] coals of fire from among the cherubim, and toss [them] on the city." And he went [right] before my eyes.
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Ezekiel 10:2 NAS
And He spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, "Enter between the whirling wheels under the cherubim and fill your hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim and scatter them over the city." And he entered in my sight.
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Ezekiel 10:2 NCV
The Lord said to the man dressed in linen, "Go in between the wheels under the living creatures, fill your hands with coals of fire from between the living creatures, and scatter the coals over the city." As I watched, the man with linen clothes went in.
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Ezekiel 10:2 NIRV
The LORD spoke to the man who was wearing linen clothes. He said, "Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from the fire that is among the cherubim. Scatter the coals over the city." As I watched, he went in.
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Ezekiel 10:2 NIV
The LORD said to the man clothed in linen, "Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city." And as I watched, he went in.
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Ezekiel 10:2 NKJV
Then He spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, "Go in among the wheels, under the cherub, fill your hands with coals of fire from among the cherubim, and scatter them over the city." And he went in as I watched.
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Ezekiel 10:2 NLT
Then the LORD spoke to the man in linen clothing and said, "Go in between the whirling wheels beneath the cherubim, and take a handful of glowing coals and scatter them over the city." He did this as I watched.
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Ezekiel 10:2 NRS
He said to the man clothed in linen, "Go within the wheelwork underneath the cherubim; fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim, and scatter them over the city." He went in as I looked on.
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Ezekiel 10:2 RSV
And he said to the man clothed in linen, "Go in among the whirling wheels underneath the cherubim; fill your hands with burning coals from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city." And he went in before my eyes.
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Ezekiel 10:2 DBY
And he spoke unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Come in between the wheels, under the cherub, and fill the hollow of thy hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.
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Ezekiel 10:2 MSG
God said to the man dressed in linen, "Enter the place of the wheels under the cherubim-angels. Fill your hands with burning coals from beneath the cherubim and scatter them over the city."
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Ezekiel 10:2 WBT
And he spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, [even] under the cherub, and fill thy hand with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter [them] over the city. And he entered in my sight.
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Ezekiel 10:2 TMB
And He spoke unto the man clothed with linen, and said, "Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city." And he went in in my sight.
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Ezekiel 10:2 TNIV
The LORD said to the man clothed in linen, "Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city." And as I watched, he went in.
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Ezekiel 10:2 WEB
He spoke to the man clothed in linen, and said, Go in between the whirling [wheels], even under the cherub, and fill both your hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city. He went in as I watched.
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Ezekiel 10:2 WYC
And he said to the man that was clothed in linen clothes, and spake, Enter thou in the midst of the wheels, that be under cherubims, and fill thine hand with coals of fire, that be betwixt cherubims, and shed thou out on the city. And he entered in my sight; (And he spoke to the man who was clothed in linen clothes, and said, Go thou into the midst of the wheels, that be under the cherubim, and fill thy hand with the coals of fire, that be between the cherubim, and pour thou them out upon the city. And he went in before my eyes;)
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Ezekiel 10:2 YLT
And He speaketh unto the man clothed with linen, and saith, `Go in unto the midst of the wheel, unto the place of the cherub, and fill thy hands with coals of fire from between the cherubs, and scatter over the city.' And he goeth in before mine eyes.
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Ezekiel 10 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 10

A vision of the burning of the city. (1-7) The Divine glory departing from the temple. (8-22)

Verses 1-7 The fire being taken from between the wheels, under the cherubim, ch. 1:13 , seems to have signified the wrath of God to be executed upon Jerusalem. It intimated that the fire of Divine wrath, which kindles judgment upon a people, is just and holy; and in the great day, the earth, and all the works that are therein, will be burnt up.

Verses 8-22 Ezekiel sees the working of Divine providence in the government of the lower world, and the affairs of it. When God is leaving a people in displeasure, angels above, and all events below, further his departure. The Spirit of life, the Spirit of God, directs all creatures, in heaven and on earth, so as to make them serve the Divine purpose. God removes by degrees from a provoking people; and, when ready to depart, would return to them, if they were a repenting, praying people. Let this warn sinners to seek the Lord while he may be found, and to call on him while he is near, and cause us all to walk humbly and watchfully with our God.

Ezekiel 10 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 10

Ezekiel 10:1-22 . VISION OF COALS OF FIRE SCATTERED OVER THE CITY: REPETITION OF THE VISION OF THE CHERUBIM.

1. The throne of Jehovah appearing in the midst of the judgments implies that whatever intermediate agencies be employed, He controls them, and that the whole flows as a necessary consequence from His essential holiness ( Ezekiel 1:22 Ezekiel 1:26 ).
cherubim--in Ezekiel 1:5 , called "living creatures." The repetition of the vision implies that the judgments are approaching nearer and nearer. These two visions of Deity were granted in the beginning of Ezekiel's career, to qualify him for witnessing to God's glory amidst his God-forgetting people and to stamp truth on his announcements; also to signify the removal of God's manifestation from the visible temple ( Ezekiel 10:18 ) for a long period ( Ezekiel 43:2 ). The feature ( Ezekiel 10:12 ) mentioned as to the cherubim that they were "full of eyes," though omitted in the former vision, is not a difference, but a more specific detail observed by Ezekiel now on closer inspection. Also, here, there is no rainbow (the symbol of mercy after the flood of wrath) as in the former; for here judgment is the prominent thought, though the marking of the remnant in Ezekiel 9:4 Ezekiel 9:6 shows that there was mercy in the background. The cherubim, perhaps, represent redeemed humanity combining in and with itself the highest forms of subordinate creaturely life (compare Romans 8:20 ). Therefore they are associated with the twenty-four elders and are distinguished from the angels ( Revelation 5:1-14 ). They stand on the mercy seat of the ark, and on that ground become the habitation of God from which His glory is to shine upon the world. The different forms symbolize the different phases of the Church. So the quadriform Gospel, in which the incarnate Saviour has lodged the revelation of Himself in a fourfold aspect, and from which His glory shines on the Christian world, answers to the emblematic throne from which He shone on the Jewish Church.

2. he--Jehovah; He who sat on the "throne."
the man--the Messenger of mercy becoming the Messenger of judgment the will of "the Man," who is Lord of men.
wheels--Hebrew, galgal, implying quick revolution; so the impetuous onset of the foe (compare Ezekiel 23:24 , 26:10 ); whereas "ophan," in Ezekiel 1:15 Ezekiel 1:16 implies mere revolution.
coals of fire--the wrath of God about to burn the city, as His sword had previously slain its guilty inhabitants. This "fire," how different from the fire on the altar never going out ( Leviticus 6:12 Leviticus 6:13 ), whereby, in type, peace was made with God! Compare Isaiah 33:12 Isaiah 33:14 . It is therefore not taken from the altar of reconciliation, but from between the wheels of the cherubim, representing the providence of God, whereby, and not by chance, judgment is to fall.

3. right . . . of . . . house--The scene of the locality whence judgment emanates is the temple, to mark God's vindication of His holiness injured there. The cherubim here are not those in the holy of holies, for the latter had not "wheels." They stood on "the right of the house," that is, the south, for the Chaldean power, guided by them, had already advanced from the north (the direction of Babylon), and had destroyed the men in the temple, and was now proceeding to destroy the city, which lay south and west.
the cherubim . . . the man--There was perfect concert of action between the cherubic representative of the angels and "the Man," to minister to whom they "stood" there ( Ezekiel 10:7 ).
cloud--emblem of God's displeasure; as the "glory" or "brightness" ( Ezekiel 10:4 ) typifies His majesty and clearness in judgment.

4. The court outside was full of the Lord's brightness, while it was only the cloud that filled the house inside, the scene of idolatries, and therefore of God's displeasure. God's throne was on the threshold. The temple, once filled with brightness, is now darkened with cloud.

5. sound of . . . wings--prognostic of great and awful changes.
voice of . . . God--the thunder ( Psalms 29:3 , &c.).

6. went in--not into the temple, but between the cherubim. Ezekiel sets aside the Jews' boast of the presence of God with them. The cherubim, once the ministers of grace. are now the ministers of vengeance. When "commanded," He without delay obeys ( Psalms 40:8 , Hebrews 10:7 ).


one cherub--one of the four cherubim.
his hand--( Ezekiel 1:8 ).
went out--to burn the city.

8. The "wings" denote alacrity, the "hands" efficacy and aptness, in executing the functions assigned to them.

The things which, from Ezekiel 10:8 to the end of the chapter, are repeated from the first chapter are expressed more decidedly, now that he gets a nearer view: the words "as it were," and "as if," so often occurring in the first chapter, are therefore mostly omitted. The "wheels" express the manifold changes and revolutions in the world; also that in the chariot of His providence God transports the Church from one place to another and everywhere can preserve it; a truth calculated to alarm the people in Jerusalem and to console the exiles [POLANUS].

10. four had one likeness--In the wonderful variety of God's works there is the greatest harmony:--\- "In human works, though labored on with pain, One thousand movements scarce one purpose gain; In God's one single doth its end produce, Yet serves to second, too, some other use.
wheel . . . in . . . a wheel--cutting one another at fight angles, so that the whole might move in any of the four directions or quarters of the world. God's doings, however involved they seem to us, cohere, so that lower causes subserve the higher.


turned not--without accomplishing their course ( Isaiah 55:11 ) [GROTIUS]. Rather, "they moved straight on without turning" (so Ezekiel 1:9 ). Having a face towards each of the four quarters, they needed not to turn around when changing their direction.
whither . . . head looked--that is, "whither the head" of the animal cherub-form, belonging to and directing each wheel, "looked," thither the wheel "followed." The wheels were not guided by some external adventitious impetus, but by some secret divine impulse of the cherubim themselves.

12. body--literally, "flesh," because a body consists of flesh.
wheels . . . full of eyes--The description ( Ezekiel 1:18 ) attributes eyes to the "wheels" alone; here there is added, on closer observation, that the cherubim themselves had them. The "eyes" imply that God, by His wisdom, beautifully reconciles seeming contrarieties (compare 2 Chronicles 16:9 , Proverbs 15:3 , Zechariah 4:10 ).

13. O wheel--rather, "they were called, whirling," that is, they were most rapid in their revolutions [MAURER]; or, better, "It was cried unto them, The whirling" [FAIRBAIRN]. Galgal here used for "wheel," is different from ophan, the simple word for "wheel." Galgal is the whole wheelwork machinery with its whirlwind-like rotation. Their being so addressed is in order to call them immediately to put themselves in rapid motion.

14. cherub--but in Ezekiel 1:10 it is an ox. The chief of the four cherubic forms was not the ox, but man. Therefore "cherub" cannot be synonymous with "ox." Probably Ezekiel, standing in front of one of the cherubim (namely, that which handed the coals to the man in linen), saw of him, not merely the ox-form, but the whole fourfold form, and therefore calls him simply "cherub"; whereas of the other three, having only a side view, he specifies the form of each which met his eye [FAIRBAIRN]. As to the likelihood of the lower animals sharing in "the restoration of all things," see Isaiah 11:6 , 65:25 , Romans 8:20 Romans 8:21 ; this accords with the animal forms combined with the human to typify redeemed man.

15. The repeated declaration of the identity of the vision with that at the Chebar is to arouse attention to it ( Ezekiel 10:22 , 3:23 ).
the living creature--used collectively, as in Ezekiel 10:17 Ezekiel 10:20 , 1:20 .


lifted up . . . wings--to depart, following "the glory of the Lord" which was on the point of departing ( Ezekiel 10:18 ).

17. ( Ezekiel 1:12 Ezekiel 1:20 Ezekiel 1:21 ).
stood--God never stands still ( John 5:17 ), therefore neither do the angels; but to human perceptions He seems to do so.

18. The departure of the symbol of God's presence from the temple preparatory to the destruction of the city. Foretold in Deuteronomy 31:17 . Woe be to those from whom God departs ( Hosea 9:12 )! Compare 1 Samuel 28:15 1 Samuel 28:16 , 4:21 : "I-chabod, Thy glory is departed." Successive steps are marked in His departure; so slowly and reluctantly does the merciful God leave His house. First He leaves the sanctuary ( Ezekiel 9:3 ); He elevates His throne above the threshold of the house ( Ezekiel 10:1 ); leaving the cherubim He sits on the throne ( Ezekiel 10:4 ); He and the cherubim, after standing for a time at the door of the east gate (where was the exit to the lower court of the people), leave the house altogether ( Ezekiel 10:18 Ezekiel 10:19 ), not to return till Ezekiel 43:2 .

20. I knew . . . cherubim--By the second sight of the cherubim, he learned to identify them with the angelic forms situated above the ark of the covenant in the temple, which as a priest, he "knew" about from the high priest.

21. The repetition is in order that the people about to live without the temple might have, instead, the knowledge of the temple mysteries, thus preparing them for a future restoration of the covenant. So perverse were they that they would say, "Ezekiel fancies he saw what has no existence." He, therefore, repeats it over and over again.

22. straight forward--intent upon the object they aimed at, not deviating from the way nor losing sight of the end ( Luke 9:52 ).