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Ezekiel 10:5-20 (New International Version)

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5 The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice1 of God Almightya when he speaks.2 6 When the LORD commanded the man in linen, "Take fire from among the wheels,3 from among the cherubim," the man went in and stood beside a wheel. 7 Then one of the cherubim reached out his hand to the fire4 that was among them. He took up some of it and put it into the hands of the man in linen, who took it and went out. 8 (Under the wings of the cherubim could be seen what looked like the hands of a man.)5 9 I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim four wheels, one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like chrysolite.6 10 As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 11 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn aboutb as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went. 12 Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes,7 as were their four wheels.8 13 I heard the wheels being called "the whirling wheels." 14 Each of the cherubim9 had four faces:10 One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a man, the third the face of a lion,11 and the fourth the face of an eagle.12 15 Then the cherubim rose upward. These were the living creatures13 I had seen by the Kebar River.14 16 When the cherubim moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the cherubim spread their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels did not leave their side. 17 When the cherubim stood still, they also stood still; and when the cherubim rose, they rose with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in them.15 18 Then the glory16 of the LORD departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim.17 19 While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them.18 They stopped at the entrance to the east gate of the LORD's house, and the glory19 of the God of Israel was above them. 20 These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River,20 and I realized that they were cherubim.
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