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Ezekiel 1:1-9 (New Living Translation)

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1 On July 31 a of my thirtieth year, b while I was with the Judean exiles beside the Kebar River in Babylon, the heavens were opened to me, and I saw visions of God. 2 This happened during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity. 3 The LORD gave a message to me, Ezekiel son of Buzi, a priest, there beside the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians, c and I felt the hand of the LORD take hold of me. 4 As I looked, I saw a great storm coming toward me from the north, driving before it a huge cloud that flashed with lightning and shone with brilliant light. The fire inside the cloud glowed like gleaming amber. 5 From the center of the cloud came four living beings that looked human, 6 except that each had four faces and two pairs of wings. 7 Their legs were straight like human legs, but their feet were split like calves' feet and shone like burnished bronze. 8 Beneath each of their wings I could see human hands. 9 The wings of each living being touched the wings of the two beings beside it. The living beings were able to fly in any direction without turning around.
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