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Ezekiel 1:1-6 (Today's New International Version)

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Ezekiel's Inaugural Vision

1 In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles1 by the Kebar River,2 the heavens were opened3 and I saw visions4 of God. 2 On the fifth of the month--it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin5-- 3 the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel6 the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.a There the hand of the LORD was on him.7 4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm8 coming out of the north9--an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,10 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures.11 In appearance their form was human,12 6 but each of them had four faces13 and four wings.
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