Ezekiel 1:1-9 NLT

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.

References for Ezekiel 1:1

    • a 1:1 - Hebrew <I>On the fifth day of the fourth month,</I> of the Hebrew calendar. A number of dates in Ezekiel can be cross-checked with dates in surviving Babylonian records and related accurately to our modern calendar. This event occurred on July 31, 593 <MS>B.C.</I>
    • b 1:1 - Or <I>in the thirtieth year.</I>
      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.

      References for Ezekiel 1:3

        • c 1:3 - Or <I>Chaldeans.</I>
          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.