Date of Vision of Living Creatures and Glory of the Throne of Yahweh
1 And it was in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, and I was in the midst ofa the exilesb by the ⌊Kebar River⌋.c The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. 2 On the fifth day of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of the king Jehoiachin— 3 the word of Yahweh came clearlyd to Ezekiel the son of Buzi, the priest, in the land of the Chaldeans at the ⌊Kebar River⌋,e and the hand of Yahweh was on him there.
4 And I looked,f and look! A storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud, and fire flashing back and forth, and brightness around and ⌊within it⌋,g and from its midsth it was like the outward appearance of amber stone from the midsti of the fire. 5 And from its midstj was the likeness of four living creatures, and this was their appearance: ⌊a human form⌋,k 6 and ⌊each had four faces⌋,l and ⌊each of them had four wings⌋.m 7 And their legs were straight legs, and the sole of their feet was like the sole of the foot of a calf, and they were sparkling like the outward appearance of polished bronze. 8 And under their wings were ⌊human hands⌋n on their four sides. And their faces and their wings for the four of them were as follows: 9 ⌊their wings were touching one another⌋;o ⌊each of them went straight forward⌋,p ⌊without turning right or left⌋.q 10 The likeness of their faces was the face of a human in front, and the face of a lion on the right ⌊of each of them⌋,r and the face of an ox on the left ⌊of each of them⌋,s and the face of an eagle ⌊for each of them⌋.t 11 So were their faces; their wings were spread out ⌊upward⌋;u each had two touching one another and two covering their bodies. 12 And each ⌊went straight forward⌋;v ⌊wherever the spirit went⌋w they went, and ⌊they did not turn as they went⌋.x 13 As fory the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches. Itz was moving to and fro between the living creatures, and ⌊the fire was very bright⌋a and lightning was going out from the fire. 14 And the living creatures ⌊were speeding to and fro⌋b like the appearance of lightning.
15 And I saw the living creatures, and look! A wheel was on the earthc beside ⌊each of the living creatures that had four faces⌋.d 16 The appearance of the wheels and their construction was like the appearance of beryl,e and ⌊they all looked alike⌋,f and their appearance and their construction was ⌊like a wheel within a wheel⌋.g 17 When they moved, they went toward their four sides; they did not ⌊veer at all as they went⌋.h 18 And their rims ⌊were high and awesome⌋,i and ⌊all four of⌋j their rims were full of eyes all around. 19 And at the going of the living creatures, the wheels next to them also went, and ⌊when the creatures were lifted from the ground⌋k the wheels also rose. 20⌊Wherever⌋l the spirit went they would go there, and the wheels rose, for the spirit of the living creaturesm was in the wheels. 21 At theirn going, theyo go, and at their standing, they stood, and at their being lifted up from on the earth,p the wheels rose,q for the spirit of the living creaturesr was in the wheels.
22 Nows the likeness above the heads of the living creatures was an expanse like the outward appearance of ⌊awesome⌋t ⌊ice⌋u spread out above their heads ⌊upward⌋.v 23 And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight ⌊one toward the other⌋;w each had two wings covering them, and each had two wings covering their bodies. 24 And I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters, like the voice of Shaddai,x and ⌊when they moved⌋y there was a sound of tumult like the sound of an army; ⌊when they stood still⌋z they lowered their wings. 25 And there wasa a sound from above the expanse that was above their heads, ⌊and when they stood⌋b they lowered their wings. 26 And from above the expanse that was above their heads there was the likeness of a throne, ⌊looking like a sapphire⌋,c and above the likeness of the throne was a likeness similar tod the appearance of a human on it, but ⌊above it⌋.e 27 And I saw something like the outward appearance of amber, something like the appearance of fire, with a covering around it, from the likeness of his loins and ⌊upward⌋.f And from the likeness of his loins and ⌊downward⌋g I saw something like the appearance of fire, and ⌊it was radiant all around⌋.h 28 Like the appearancei of a bow that is in the cloud on ⌊a rainy day⌋,j such was the radiancek around it; thus was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Yahweh. And I saw, and I fell on my face, and I heard a voice speaking.
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