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Ezekiel 1 (New American Standard)

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The Vision of Four Figures

1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the 1river Chebar among the exiles, the 2heavens were opened and I saw a3visions of God. 2 (On the fifth of the month bin the 4fifth year of King Jehoiachin's exile, 3 the 5word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the 6land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there 7the hand of the LORD came upon him.) 4 As I looked, behold, a 8storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like 9glowing metal in the midst of the fire. 5 Within it there were figures resembling 10four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human 11form. 6 Each of them had 12four faces and 13four wings. 7 Their legs were straight and ctheir feet were like a calf's hoof , and they gleamed like 14burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their 15four sides were human 16hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, 9 their wings touched one another; their faces did 17not turn when they moved, each 18went straight forward. 10 As for the 19form of their faces, each had the 20face of a man; dall four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and eall four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above ; each had two touching another being, and 21two covering their bodies. 12 And 22each went straight forward; 23wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 fIn the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of 24fire, glike torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was hflashing from the fire. 14 And the living beings 25ran to and fro like bolts of 26lightning. 15 Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one 27wheel on the earth beside the living beings, ifor each of the four of them. 16 The 28appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like jsparkling 29beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if kone wheel were within another. 17 Whenever they lmoved, they mmoved in any of their four ndirections without 30turning as they omoved. 18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were 31full of eyes round about. 19 32Whenever the living beings pmoved, the wheels qmoved with them. And whenever the living beings 33rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. 20 34Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction r. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living sbeings was in the wheels. 21 35Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living tbeings was in the wheels.

Vision of Divine Glory

22 Now 36over the heads of the living ubeings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of vcrystal, spread out over their heads. 23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had 37two wings covering its body on the one side and on the other. 24 I also heard the sound of their wings like the 38sound of abundant waters as they went, like the 39voice of wthe Almighty, a sound of tumult like the 40sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. 25 And there came a voice from above the 41expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. 26 Now 42above the expanse that was over their heads there was something 43resembling a throne, like x44lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a 45man. 27 Then I ynoticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something 46like zglowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. 28 As the appearance of the 47rainbow aain the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the 48glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I 49fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
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