Now it happened in the thirtieth year, in the fourth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, as I was among the captives by the river Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.
In the fifth [day] of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,
the word of Yahweh came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of Yahweh was there on him.
I looked, and, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, a great cloud, with flashing lightning, and a brightness round about it, and out of the midst of it as it were glowing metal, out of the midst of the fire.
Out of the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. This was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man.
Everyone had four faces, and everyone of them had four wings.