Ezekiel 10 (Lexham English Bible)

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God’s Presence Leaves the Temple

1 And I looked, and look! On the expanse that [was] above the head of the cherubim [something] like a stone of sapphire,a [and] like [the] appearance of [the] shape of a throne it appeared above them. 2 And he spokeb to the man clothed in linen and said, "Go {in among the wheel area under the cherubim}c 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. 3 Nowd the cherubim [were] standing on [the] south of the temple {when the man went},e and the cloud filled the inner courtyard. 4 And the glory of Yahweh rose up from on the cherub towardf the threshold of the house,g and the househ was filled with the cloud, and the courtyard was filled with the brightness of the glory of Yahweh. 5 And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard {as far as}i the outer courtyard; [it was] like the voice of God Shaddaij {when he speaks}.k 6 And then at his commandl to the man clothed in linen, {saying},m "Take fire from among the wheel area from among the cherubim," he went and stood beside the wheel. 7 Then the cherub stretched out his hand from amongn the cherubim toward the fire that [was] amongo the cherubim, and he lifted up and gavep [it] into the hollow of the hand of [the man] clothed with linen, and he took [it], and he went out. 8 And [there] appeared forq the cherubim [the] form of {a human hand}r under their wings. 9 And I saw, and look, four wheels beside the cherubim, {one wheel beside each cherub},s and the appearance of the wheels [was] like [the] outward appearance of {turquoise stone}.t 10 Their appearanceu {was the same for each of the four of them},v as if the wheel was in the midst of a wheel. 11 {When they went}w to the four of their directions [that] they went, they did not change direction {when they went},x for the place [to] which the heady turned, they went behind him; they did not change direction at their going. 12 And {their whole body},z and their rims, and their spokes, and their wings, and the wheels [were] full of eyes [all] around--{the wheels for the four of them}.aa 13 Concerning the wheels, he [was] calling them "the wheelwork" {in my hearing}.bb 14 And {each one had four faces};cc the face of the one [was] the face of a cherub, and the face of the second [was the] face of a human, and the face of the third [was the] face of a lion, and the fourth [was the] face of an eagle. 15 And the cherubim rose; that is, the living creaturesdd that I saw at the {Kebar River}.ee 16 And {when the cherubim went},ff the wheels beside them went; and {when the cherubim lifted their wings to rise up from the earth},gg the wheels also did not turn aside from beside them. 17 {When they stood},hh they stood, and at their rising, they rose with them, for the spirit of the living creatures [was] in them. 18 And the glory of Yahweh went out fromii the threshold of the temple, and it stood above the cherubim. 19 And the cherubim lifted up their wings, and they rose from the earth before my eyes. At their going out, the wheels [were]jj beside them. And he stood [at] the doorway of the eastern gate of the templekk of Yahweh, and the glory of the God of Israel {was over them}.ll 20 This [was]mm the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel at the {Kebar River},nn and I knew that they [were] cherubim. 21 {Each one had four faces},oo and [there were] four wings for each, and [the] likeness of {human hands}pp [was] under their wings. 22 And the likeness of their faces, they [were] the faces that I saw at the {Kebar River};qq [thus was] their appearance, and they each went {straight ahead}.rr
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