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Ezekiel 1

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 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.

 2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,

 3 The word of the LORD came expressly to 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.

 4 And I looked, and behold, a windstorm came out of the north, a great cloud with a fire enveloping it and a flashing brilliant light about it, and out of the midst something like amber metal in the midst of the fire.

 5 Also out of its midst came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man,

 6 And each one had four faces, and each one had four wings.

 7 Their legs were straight, and the sole of their feet were like the sole of a calf's foot; and they sparkled like the color of burnished brass.

 8 They had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and each of the four had faces and wings,

 9 And their wings touched one another; they did not turn when they moved, but each one went straight forward.

 10 As for the likeness of their faces: each of the four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion on the right side, and the face of an ox on the left side; the four also had the face of an eagle.

 11 Thus were their faces. And their wings were stretched out upward; two wings of each touching one another, and two covering their bodies.

 12 And they went straight forward. Wherever the spirit went, they went, and they did not turn when they went.

 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of torches that went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and lightning went forth out of the fire.

 14 And the living creatures ran back and forth like a flash of lightning.

 15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, I saw one wheel upon the ground by each living creatures with its four faces.

 16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like sparkling chrysolite; and all four were alike, and their appearance and their work was like a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

 17 When they went, they went in any one of four directions, and they did not turn when they went.

 18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes all around the four.

 19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

 20 Wherever the spirit went, they went, because the spirit went there; and the wheels were lifted up with them, for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

 21 When those [creatures] went, these [wheels] went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up with them, for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

 22 And the firmament above the heads of the living creature was like terrible [awesome] sparking crystal, stretched out over their heads.

 23 And under the firmament their wings were straight, one toward the other. Each one had two wings which covered their bodies on this side, and two wings which covered it on that side.

 24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings like the noise of great waters, like the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, like the sound of an army. When they stood, they let down their wings.

 25 And a voice came from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood and had let down their wings.

 26 Above the firmament that was over their heads was a throne that looked like a sapphire stone; and seated above the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man.

 27 And from the appearance of his waist upward, I saw something like glowing metal with the appearance of fire round about within it, and from the there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.

 28  The appearance of the brightness around it was like the rainbow that is in the cloud on the day of rain. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and I heard a voice of one speaking.


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