Ezekiel 1 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 On July 31 of my thirtieth year, 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. 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 This happened during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity. 2 On the fifth of the month--it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin--
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, and I felt the hand of the LORD take hold of me. 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 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. 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 From the center of the cloud came four living beings that looked human, 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man,
6 except that each had four faces and two pairs of wings. 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings.
7 Their legs were straight like human legs, but their feet were split like calves' feet and shone like burnished bronze. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.
8 Beneath each of their wings I could see human hands. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings,
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. 9 and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.
10 Each had a human face in the front, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle 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 Each had two pairs of outstretched wings -- one pair stretched out to touch the wings of the living beings on either side of it, and the other pair covered its body. 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 They went in whatever direction the spirit chose, and they moved straight forward in all directions without having to turn around. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.
13 The living beings looked like bright coals of fire or brilliant torches, and it looked as though lightning was flashing back and forth among them. 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 And the living beings darted to and fro like flashes of lightning. 14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.
15 As I looked at these beings, I saw four wheels on the ground beneath them, one wheel belonging to each. 15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces.
16 The wheels sparkled as if made of chrysolite. All four wheels looked the same; each wheel had a second wheel turning crosswise within it. 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 The beings could move forward in any of the four directions they faced, without turning as they moved. 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 four wheels were awesomely tall, and they were covered with eyes all around the edges. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.
19 When the four living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. When they flew upward, the wheels went up, too. 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 spirit of the four living beings was in the wheels. So wherever the spirit went, the wheels and the living beings went, too. 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 the living beings moved, the wheels moved. When the living beings stopped, the wheels stopped. When the living beings flew into the air, the wheels rose up. For the spirit of the living beings 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 There was a surface spread out above them like the sky. It sparkled like crystal. 22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked like an expanse, sparkling like ice, and awesome.
23 Beneath this surface the wings of each living being stretched out to touch the others' wings, and each had two wings covering its body. 23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body.
24 As they flew their wings roared like waves crashing against the shore, or like the voice of the Almighty, or like the shouting of a mighty army. When they stopped, they let down 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 As they stood with their wings lowered, a voice spoke from beyond the crystal surface above them. 25 Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings.
26 Above the surface over their heads was what looked like a throne made of blue sapphire. And high above this throne was a figure whose appearance was like that of a man. 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 From his waist up, he looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. And from his waist down, he looked like a burning flame, shining with splendor. 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 All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining through the clouds. This was the way the glory of the LORD appeared to me. When I saw it, I fell face down in the dust, and I heard someone's voice speaking to me. 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.