1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.
1 On the fifth day of the fourth month of the thirtieth year of the exile to Babylon, while I was among the captives on the bank of the Chebar River, heaven opened up and I saw visions from God.
2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,
2 On the fifth day of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's imprisonment in exile,
3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.
3 a message from the LORD came directly to Buzi's son Ezekiel, the priest, by the Chebar River in the land of the Chaldeans. The hand of the LORD rested upon him there.
4 As I looked, behold, a (H)storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like (I)glowing metal in the midst of the fire.
4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
4 I looked and there was a whirlwind(I) coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing back and forth and brilliant light all around it. In the center of the fire, there was a gleam like amber.(J)
4 I was amazed to see a wind storm blow in from the north, consisting of a massive cloud and fire that was flashing back and forth, surrounded by bright light. From deep within the cloud, something was shining that appeared to have a color like bronze that had been placed in fire until it glowed.
4 As I looked, I saw a stormy wind coming out of the north, a great cloud with fire flashing continually from it; and a brightness was around it, and in its core [there was] something like glowing [amber-colored] metal in the midst of the fire.
5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
5 Deep inside it, the likenesses of four living beings were visible. Their appearances were similar to human forms,
7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.
7 and straight legs. Their feet resembled calves' hooves, but they gleamed like polished bronze.
7 Their legs were straight and the soles of their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they sparkled and gleamed like shiny bronze.
8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.
8 From under their wings there were human hands on their four sides.
8 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them,
9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
9 Now as to their four faces and four pairs of wings, their pairs of wings overlapped each other. They moved in straight directions without turning their faces around as they moved.
9 their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward.
10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.
10 The form of their faces was human, but each of the four also had the face of a lion to the right, the face of an ox to the left, and the face of an eagle behind them.
11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.
11 That's what their faces were like. Their wings spread out above and around them, one pair overlapping another, with one pair covering themselves.
11 Such were their faces. Their wings were stretched out upward; two [wings] of each one were touching another [the wings of the beings on either side of it], and [the remaining] two [wings of each being] were covering their bodies.
12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.
12 Each moved in straight directions. Wherever they decided to go, they went without turning themselves.
12 And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went.
13 (f)In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of (X)fire, (g)like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was (h)flashing from the fire.
13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.
13 The form of the living creatures was like the appearance of burning coals of fire and torches.(U) Fire was moving back and forth between the living creatures; it was bright, with lightning coming out of it.
13 Now, in the midst of the living beings there was something that appeared to glow like coals kindled by a fire, like torches that moved back and forth between the living beings. The fire was dazzling, and lightning flashed from the fire.
13 Among the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire.
14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
14 The living beings moved around, in appearance resembling lightning.
14 And the living beings moved rapidly back and forth like flashes of lightning.
15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.
15 When I looked at the living creatures, there was one wheel on the ground beside each creature that had four faces.
15 As I observed the living beings, I noticed one wheel on the earth beside each being that is, for the four of them.
15 Now as I looked at the living beings, I saw one wheel on the ground beside the living beings, for each of the four of them.
16 The (AB)appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like (j)sparkling (AC)beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if (k)one wheel were within another.
16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
16 Their wheels and their construction details looked like gold-colored beryl. Each wheel was identical in form to the others, and they appeared to have been constructed and designed as if one wheel were within another.
16 Regarding the appearance of the wheels and their construction: they gleamed like chrysolite (beryl, olivine); and the four were made alike. Their appearance and construction were a wheel [set at a right angle] within a wheel.
17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.
17 When they moved, they went in any of the four directions, without pivoting as they moved.
17 Whenever the four moved, no matter which of four directions, they moved without turning around.
17 Whenever they moved, they went in any [one] of their four directions without turning as they moved.
18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.
18 Their wheel rims were ornate and terrifying. They were full of eyes that surrounded the four of them.
18 Regarding their rims: they were so high that they were awesome and dreadful, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes all around.
19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.
19 Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved, too. Whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also.
19 Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them; and when the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also.
20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
20 Whatever direction these spirits went, the wheels would be lifted up along with them, because the wheels were alive.
20 Wherever the spirit went, the beings went in that direction. And the wheels rose along with them; for the spirit or life of the living beings was in the wheels.
21 (AI)Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living (t)beings was in the wheels.
21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
21 When the creatures moved, the wheels moved; when the creatures stood still, the wheels stood still; and when the creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose alongside them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
21 They moved around whenever they wanted to move around, and they stood still whenever they wanted to stand still; and whenever they rose from the earth, the wheels remained close beside them, because the wheels were also alive.
21 Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those came to a stop, these came to a stop; and whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them, for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.
22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.
22 There was spread out over the heads of the living beings what looked like a canopy, in outward appearance resembling ice,
22 Now stretched over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, looking like the terrible and awesome shimmer of icy crystal.
23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.
23 And under the expanse their wings extended one toward another. Each of them also had two wings covering their bodies.
23 and underneath the canopy, their wings spread out straight over their heads toward each other. They each also had two wings with which they covered themselves, one wing covering its body on one side and one wing covering itself on the other side.
23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. Every living being had two wings which covered its body on one side and on the other side.
24 I also heard the sound of their wings like the (AL)sound of abundant waters as they went, like the (AM)voice of (w)the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the (AN)sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.
24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.
24 When they moved, I heard the sound of their wings like the roar of mighty waters,(AE) like the voice of the Almighty,(AF) and a sound of commotion like the noise of an army.(AG) When they stood still, they lowered their wings.
24 I also heard the sound of their wings, like the sound of roaring water, like the voice of the Almighty, or like a boisterous crowd within an army camp. Whenever they stopped flying, they lowered their wings.
25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.
25 A voice came from above the expanse over their heads; when they stood still, they lowered their wings.
25 A sound came from above the canopy that was spread out over their heads. Whenever they stood still, they lowered their wings.
25 And there was a voice above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stopped, they lowered their wings.
26 Now (AP)above the expanse that was over their heads there was something (AQ)resembling a throne, like (x)(AR)lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a (AS)man.
26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
26 From above the canopy that was spread out over their heads, there appeared to be something reminiscent of a throne, resembling sapphire in form.
27 Then I (y)noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something (AT)like (z)glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
27 From what seemed to be His waist up, I saw a gleam like amber, with what looked like fire enclosing it all around.(AJ) From what seemed to be His waist down, I also saw what looked like fire. There was a brilliant light all around Him.
27 There was the likeness of the appearance of a human being seated on the likeness of the throne high above. I noticed that from what appeared to look like his waist upward there was something that looked like metal that glowed as if it were immersed in fire. Below this there was something resembling fire, with a radiant light surrounding him.
27 Now upward, from that which appeared to be His waist, I saw something like glowing metal that looked like it was filled with fire all around it; and downward, from that which appeared to be His waist, I saw something like fire; and there was a brightness and a remarkable radiance [like a halo] around Him.
28 As the appearance of the (AU)rainbow (aa)in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the (AV)glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I (AW)fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
28 The appearance of the brilliant light all around was like that of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day.(AK) This was the appearance of the form of the Lord’s glory.(AL) When I saw it, I fell facedown and heard a voice speaking.(AM)
28 The appearance of the radiant light resembled that of a rainbow shining in a cloud on a rainy day. This was what the appearance of the form of the glory of the LORD resembled. When I saw all of this, I fell flat on my face. Then I heard a voice speaking.
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