Ezekiel 1:1-9 NLT

1 On July 31a of my thirtieth year,b while I was with the Judean exiles beside the Kebar River in Babylon, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

References for Ezekiel 1:1

    • 1:1 - Hebrew On the fifth day of the fourth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar 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
    • 1:1 - Or in the thirtieth year.
      2 This happened during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity.
      3 (The gave this message to Ezekiel son of Buzi, a priest, beside the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians,c and he felt the hand of the take hold of him.)

      References for Ezekiel 1:3

        • 1:3 - Or Chaldeans.
          4 As I looked, I saw a great storm coming from the north, driving before it a huge cloud that flashed with lightning and shone with brilliant light. There was fire inside the cloud, and in the middle of the fire glowed something like gleaming amber.d

          References for Ezekiel 1:4

            • 1:4 - Or like burnished metal; also in 1:27 .
              5 From the center of the cloud came four living beings that looked human,
              6 except that each had four faces and four wings.
              7 Their legs were straight, and their feet had hooves like those of a calf and shone like burnished bronze.
              8 Under each of their four wings I could see human hands. So each of the four beings had four faces and four wings.
              9 The wings of each living being touched the wings of the beings beside it. Each one moved straight forward in any direction without turning around.