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Ezekiel 1 (Lexham English Bible)

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Date of Vision of Living Creatures and Glory of the Throne of Yahweh

1 And it was in [the] thirtieth year, in the fourth [month], on the fifth [day] of the month, and I [was] in the midst ofa the exilesb by the {Kebar River}.c The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. 2 On the fifth [day] of the month--it was the fifth year of the exile of the king Jehoiachin-- 3 the word of Yahweh {came}d clearlye to Ezekiel the son of Buzi, the priest, in the land of [the] Chaldeans at the {Kebar River},f and the hand of Yahweh was on him there. 4 And I looked,g and look! A storm wind [was] coming from the north, a great cloud, and fire flashing back and forth, and brightness around [and] {within it},h and from its midsti [it was] like [the] outward appearance of amber stone from the midstj of the fire. 5 And from its midstk [was] the likeness of four living creatures, and this [was] their appearance: {a human form},l 6 and {each had four faces},m and {each of them had four wings}.n 7 And their legs [were] straight legs, and the sole of their feet [was] like the sole of [the] foot of a calf, and [they] were sparkling like the outward appearance of polished bronze. 8 And under their wings [were] {human hands}o on their four sides. And their faces and their wings for the four of them [were as follows]: 9 {their wings were touching one another};p {each of them went straight forward},q {without turning right or left}.r 10 The likeness of their faces [was the] face of a human [in front], and [the] face of a lion on the right {of each of them},s and the face of an ox on the left {of each of them},t and [the] face of an eagle {for each of them}.u 11 So [were] their faces; their wings [were] spread out {upward};v each [had] two touching one another and two covering their bodies. 12 And each {went straight forward};w {wherever the spirit went}x they went, [and] {they did not turn as they went}.y 13 As forz the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance [was] like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches. Itaa [was] moving to and fro between the living creatures, and {the fire was very bright}bb and lightning [was] going out from the fire. 14 And the living creatures {were speeding to and fro}cc like the appearance of lightning. 15 And I saw the living creatures, and look! A wheel was on the earthdd beside {each of the living creatures that had four faces}.ee 16 The appearance of the wheels and their construction [was] like [the] appearance of beryl,ff and {they all looked alike},gg and their appearance and their construction [was] {like a wheel within a wheel}.hh 17 When they moved, they went toward their four sides; they did not {veer at all as they went}.ii 18 And their rims {were high and awesome},jj and {all four of}kk their rims [were] full of eyes [all] around. 19 And at the going of the living creatures, the wheels next to them [also] went, and {when the creatures were lifted from the ground}ll the wheels [also] rose. 20 {Wherever}mm the spirit went they would go there, and the wheels rose, for the spirit of the living creaturesnn [was] in the wheels. 21 At theiroo going, theypp go, and at their standing, they stood, and at their being lifted up from on the earth,qq the wheels rose,rr for the spirit of the living creaturesss [was] in the wheels. 22 Nowtt [the] likeness above the heads of the living creatures [was] an expanse like the outward appearance of {awesome}uu {ice}vv spread out above their heads {upward}.ww 23 And under the expanse their wings [were stretched out] straight {one toward the other};xx each had two [wings] covering them, and each had two [wings] covering their bodies. 24 And I heard the sound of their wings like [the] sound of many waters, like the voice of Shaddai,yy [and] {when they moved}zz [there was] a sound of tumult like [the] sound of an army; {when they stood still}52 they lowered their wings. 25 And there was53 a sound from above the expanse that [was] above their heads, {and when they stood}54 they lowered their wings. 26 And from above the expanse that [was] above their heads [there was] the likeness of a throne, {looking like a sapphire},55 and above the likeness of the throne [was] a likeness similar to56 [the] appearance of a human on it, [but] {above it}.57 27 And I saw [something] like [the] outward appearance of amber, [something] like [the] appearance of fire, [with] a covering around [it], from the likeness of his loins and {upward}.58 And from the likeness of his loins and {downward}59 I saw [something] like [the] appearance of fire, and {it was radiant all around}.60 28 Like the appearance61 of a bow that is in the cloud on {a rainy day},62 such [was] the radiance63 around it; [thus was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Yahweh. And I saw, and I fell on my face, and I heard a voice speaking.
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