The Vision of Four Figures

1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the (A)river Chebar among the exiles, the (B)heavens were opened and I saw (a)(C)visions of God. 2 (On the fifth of the month (b)in the (D)fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, 3 the (E)word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the (F)land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there (G)the hand of the Lord came upon him.)
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. 5 Within it there were figures resembling (J)four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human (K)form. 6 Each of them had (L)four faces and (M)four wings. 7 Their legs were straight and (c)their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like (N)burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their (O)four sides were human (P)hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, 9 their wings touched one another; their faces did (Q)not turn when they moved, each (R)went straight forward. 10 As for the (S)form of their faces, each had the (T)face of a man; (d)all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and (e)all four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and (U)two covering their bodies. 12 And (V)each went straight forward; (W)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. 14 And the living beings (Y)ran to and fro like bolts of (Z)lightning.
15 Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one (AA)wheel on the earth beside the living beings, (i)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. 17 Whenever they (l)moved, they (m)moved in any of their four (n)directions without (AD)turning as they (o)moved. 18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were (AE)full of eyes round about. 19 (AF)Whenever the living beings (p)moved, the wheels (q)moved with them. And whenever the living beings (AG)rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. 20 (AH)Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction(r). And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living (s)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.

Vision of Divine Glory

22 Now (AJ)over the heads of the living (u)beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of (v)crystal, spread out over their heads. 23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had (AK)two wings covering its body on the one side and on the other. 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. 25 And there came a voice from above the (AO)expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped 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. 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. 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.


a. Ezekiel 1:1: ['Some ancient mss and versions read ', a vision]
b. Ezekiel 1:2: ['Lit ', it was]
c. Ezekiel 1:7: ['Lit ', the soles of their feet]
d. Ezekiel 1:10: ['Lit ', the four of them]
e. Ezekiel 1:10: ['Lit ', the four of them]
f. Ezekiel 1:13: ['So with some ancient versions; Heb ', as the likeness of the living beings]
g. Ezekiel 1:13: ['Lit ', like the appearance of]
h. Ezekiel 1:13: ['Lit ', coming out]
i. Ezekiel 1:15: ['Lit ', for his four faces]
j. Ezekiel 1:16: ['Lit ', the look of beryl]
k. Ezekiel 1:16: ['Lit ', the wheel in the midst of the wheel]
l. Ezekiel 1:17: ['Lit ', went]
m. Ezekiel 1:17: ['Lit ', went]
n. Ezekiel 1:17: ['Lit ', sides]
o. Ezekiel 1:17: ['Lit ', went]
p. Ezekiel 1:19: ['Lit ', went]
q. Ezekiel 1:19: ['Lit ', went]
r. Ezekiel 1:20: ['M.T. adds ', the spirit to go]
s. Ezekiel 1:20: ['M.T. reads ', being]
t. Ezekiel 1:21: ['M.T. reads ', being]
u. Ezekiel 1:22: ['So some ancient mss and versions; M.T. reads ', being]
v. Ezekiel 1:22: ['Or ', ice]
w. Ezekiel 1:24: ['Heb ', Shaddai]
x. Ezekiel 1:26: ['Heb ', eben-sappir]
y. Ezekiel 1:27: ['Lit ', saw]
z. Ezekiel 1:27: ['Or ', electrum]
aa. Ezekiel 1:28: ['Lit ', which occurs in]

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