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Ezekiel 1:1-7 (New International Version)

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The Living Creatures and the Glory of the LORD

1 In thea thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles1 by the Kebar River,2 the heavens were opened3 and I saw visions4 of God. 2 On the fifth of the month--it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin5-- 3 the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel6 the priest, the son of Buzi,b by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.c There the hand of the LORD was upon him.7 4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm8 coming out of the north9--an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,10 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures.11 In appearance their form was that of a man,12 6 but each of them had four faces13 and four wings. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.14
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