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Ezekiel

EZEKIEL. EZEKIEL'S FIRST VISION. (1.1-7.27). God's throne.  Eze.1.1-28 594bce (Babylon)

1ON THE FIFTH DAY OF THE FOURTH MONTH in the thirtieth year, while I was among the exiles by the river Kebar Or the Kebar canal, the heavens were opened and I saw a vision of God. 2On the fifth day of the month in the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin, 3the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel son of Buzi the priest, in Chaldaea, by the river Kebar, and there the hand of the LORD came upon him.

4I saw a storm wind coming from the north, a vast cloud with flashes of fire and brilliant light about it; and within was a radiance like brass, glowing in the heart of the flames. 5In the fire was the semblance of four living creatures in human form. 6Each had four faces and each four wings; 7their legs were straight, and their hooves were like the hooves of a calf, glittering like a disc of bronze. 8Under the wings on each of the four sides were human hands; all four creatures had faces and wings, 9and their wings touched one another. They did not turn as they moved; each creature went straight forward. 10Their faces were like this: all four had the face of a man and the face of a lion on the right, on the left the face of an ox and the face of an eagle. 11Their wings were spread; each living creature had one pair touching its neighbours' its neighbours': prob. rdg, Heb unintelligible, while one pair covered its body. 12They moved straight forward in whatever direction the spirit Or wind would go; they never swerved in their course. 13The appearance of the creatures was as if fire from burning coals or torches were darting to and fro among them; the fire was radiant, and out of the fire came lightning 14prob. rdg, cp Septuagint, Heb adds (14) and the living creatures went out (prob. rdg, Heb obscure) and in like rays of light.

15As I looked at the living creatures, I saw wheels on the ground, one beside each of the four one ... four: prob. rdg, Heb obscure. 16The wheels sparkled like topaz, and they were all alike: in form and working they were like a wheel inside a wheel, 17and when they moved in any of the four directions they never swerved in their course. 18All four had hubs and each hub had a projection which had the power of sight the power of sight: prob. rdg, Heb fear, and the rims of the wheels were full of eyes all round. 19When the living creatures moved, the wheels moved beside them, when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose; 20they moved in whatever direction the spirit Or wind would go; and the wheels rose together with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21When the one moved, the other moved; when the one halted, the other halted; when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose together with them, for the spirit of the creatures was in the wheels.

22Above the heads of the living creatures was, as it were, a vault glittering like a sheet of ice, awe-inspiring, stretched over their heads above them. 23Under the vault their wings were spread straight out, touching one another, while one pair covered the body of each. 24I heard, too, the noise of their wings; when they moved it was like the noise of a great torrent or of a cloud-burst Or of the Almighty, like the noise of a crowd or of an armed camp; when they halted their wings dropped. 25A sound was heard above the vault over their heads, as they halted with drooping wings. 26Above the vault over their heads there appeared, as it were, a sapphire Or lapis lazuli in the shape of a throne, and high above all, upon the throne, a form in human likeness. 27I saw what might have been brass glowing like fire in a furnace from the waist upwards; and from the waist downwards I saw what looked like fire with encircling radiance. 28Like a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day was the sight of that encircling radiance; it was like the appearance of the glory of the LORD.

When I saw this I threw myself on my face, and heard a voice speaking to me:


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