Ezekiel 1 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, I was with the exiles at the Chebar River when the heavens opened and I saw visions of God. 1 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.
2 (It happened on the fifth day of the month, in the fifth year after King Jehoiachin's deportation. 2 On the fifth of the month--it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin--
3 The LORD's word burst in on the priest Ezekiel, Buzi's son, in the land of Babylon at the Chebar River. There the LORD's power overcame him.) 3 the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. There the hand of the LORD was upon him.
4 As I watched, suddenly a driving storm came out of the north, a great cloud flashing fire, with brightness all around. At its center, in the middle of the fire, there was something like gleaming amber. 4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north--an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,
5 And inside that were forms of four living creatures. This was what they looked like: Each had the form of a human being, 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man,
6 though each had four faces and four wings. 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings.
7 Their feet looked like proper feet, but the soles of their feet were like calves' hooves, and they shone like burnished bronze. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.
8 Human hands were under their wings on all four sides. All four creatures had faces and wings, and 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings,
9 their wings touched each other's wings. When they moved, they each went straight ahead without turning. 9 and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.
10 As for the form of their faces: each of the four had a human face, with a lion's face on the right and a bull's face on the left, and also an eagle's face. 10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.
11 The pairs of wings that stretched out overhead touched each other, while the other pairs covered their bodies. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out upward; each had two wings, one touching the wing of another creature on either side, and two wings covering its body.
12 Each moved straight ahead wherever the wind propelled them; they moved without turning. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.
13 Regarding the creatures' forms: they looked like blazing coals, like torches. Fire darted about between the creatures and illuminated them, and lightning flashed from the fire. 13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.
14 The creatures looked like lightning streaking back and forth. 14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.
15 As I looked at the creatures, suddenly there was a wheel on the earth corresponding to all four faces of the creatures. 15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces.
16 The appearance and composition of the wheels were like sparkling topaz. There was one shape for all four of them, as if one wheel were inside another. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.
17 When they moved in any of the four directions, they moved without swerving. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not turn about as the creatures went.
18 Their rims were tall and terrifying, because all four of them were filled with eyes all around. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.
19 When the creatures moved, the wheels moved next to them. Whenever the creatures rose above the earth, the wheels also rose up. 19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose.
20 Wherever the wind would appear to go, the wind would make them go there too. The wheels rose up beside them, because the spirit of the creatures was in the wheels. 20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
21 When they moved, the wheels moved; when they stood still, the wheels stood still; and when they rose above the earth, the wheels rose up along with them, because the spirit of the creatures was in the wheels. 21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
22 The shape above the heads of the creatures was a dome; it was like glittering ice stretched out over their heads. 22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked like an expanse, sparkling like ice, and awesome.
23 Just below the dome, their outstretched wings touched each other. They each also had two wings to cover their bodies. 23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body.
24 Then I heard the sound of their wings when they moved forward. It was like the sound of mighty waters, like the sound of the Almighty, like the sound of tumult or the sound of an army camp. When they stood still, their wings came to rest. 24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty, like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.
25 Then there was a sound from above the dome over their heads. They stood still, and their wings came to rest. 25 Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings.
26 Above the dome over their heads, there appeared something like lapis lazuli in the form of a throne. Above the form of the throne there was a form that looked like a human being. 26 Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.
27 Above what looked like his waist, I saw something like gleaming amber, something like fire enclosing it all around. Below what looked like his waist, I saw something that appeared to be fire. Its brightness shone all around. 27 I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.
28 Just as a rainbow lights up a cloud on a rainy day, so its brightness shone all around. This was how the form of the LORD's glory appeared. When I saw it, I fell on my face. I heard the sound of someone speaking. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.