On the fifth day of the fourth month of the thirtieth year, I, Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, was living with the Jewish exiles by the Chebar River in Babylonia. The sky opened, and I saw a vision of God. 1
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It was the fifth year since King Jehoiachin had been taken into exile.) 2
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1.2 2 K 24.10-16; 2 Ch 36.9, 10.
There in Babylonia beside the Chebar River, I heard the Lord speak to me, and I felt his power.
I looked up and saw a windstorm coming from the north. Lightning was flashing from a huge cloud, and the sky around it was glowing. Where the lightning was flashing, something shone like bronze.
At the center of the storm I saw what looked like four living creatures in human form, 3
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but each of them had four faces and four wings.