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1 On the fifth day of the fourth month of the thirtieth year, I, Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, was living with the Jewish exiles by the Chebar River in Babylonia. The sky opened, and I saw a vision 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 was the fifth year since King Jehoiachin had been taken into exile.) 2 On the fifth of the month--it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin--
3 There in Babylonia beside the Chebar River, I heard the Lord speak to me, and I felt his power. 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 I looked up and saw a windstorm coming from the north. Lightning was flashing from a huge cloud, and the sky around it was glowing. Where the lightning was flashing, something shone like bronze. 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 At the center of the storm I saw what looked like four living creatures in human form, 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man,
6 but each of them had four faces and four wings. 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings.
7 Their legs were straight, and they had hoofs like those of a bull. They shone like polished bronze. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.
8 In addition to their four faces and four wings, they each had four human hands, one under each wing. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings,
9 Two wings of each creature were spread out so that the creatures formed a square, with their wing tips touching. When they moved, they moved as a group without turning their bodies. 9 and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.
10 Each living creature had four different faces: a human face in front, a lion's face at the right, a bull's face at the left, and an eagle's face at the back. 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 Two wings of each creature were raised so that they touched the tips of the wings of the creatures next to it, and their other two wings were folded against 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 creature faced all four directions, and so the group could go wherever they wished, without having to turn. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.
13 Among the creatures there was something that looked like a blazing torch, constantly moving. The fire would blaze up and shoot out flashes of lightning. 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 themselves darted back and forth with the speed of lightning. 14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.
15 As I was looking at the four creatures I saw four wheels touching the ground, one beside each of them. 15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces.
16 All four wheels were alike; each one shone like a precious stone, and each had another wheel intersecting it at right angles, 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 so that the wheels could move in any of the four directions. 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 The rims of the wheels were covered with eyes. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.
19 Whenever the creatures moved, the wheels moved with them, and if the creatures rose up from the earth, so did the wheels. 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 The creatures went wherever they wished, and the wheels did exactly what the creatures did, because the creatures controlled them. 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 So every time the creatures moved or stopped or rose in the air, the wheels did exactly the same. 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 Above the heads of the creatures there was something that looked like a dome made of dazzling crystal. 22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked like an expanse, sparkling like ice, and awesome.
23 There under the dome stood the creatures, each stretching out two wings toward the ones next to it and covering its body with the other two wings. 23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body.
24 I heard the noise their wings made in flight; it sounded like the roar of the sea, like the noise of a huge army, like the voice of Almighty God. When they stopped flying, they folded their wings, 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 but there was still a sound coming from above the dome over their heads. 25 Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings.
26 Above the dome there was something that looked like a throne made of sapphire, and sitting on the throne was a figure 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 The figure seemed to be shining like bronze in the middle of a fire. It shone all over with a bright light 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 that had in it all the colors of the rainbow. This was the dazzling light which shows the presence of the Lord. When I saw this, I fell face downward on the ground. Then I heard a voice 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.