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Ezekiel 1:1-2 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

I. Call of the Prophet

Chapter 1

The Vision: God on the Cherubim. In the thirtieth year,[a] on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens opened, and I saw divine visions. On the fifth day of the month—this was the fifth year[b] of King Jehoiachin’s exile


  1. 1:1 The thirtieth year, which corresponds to the fifth year of exile (v. 2), has never been satisfactorily explained; possibly it refers to the prophet’s age, or the anniversary of the finding of the book of the law in the Temple during Josiah’s reform of 622 (2 Kgs 22:1–13). The river Chebar: probably a canal near Nippur, southeast of Babylon, one of the sites on which the Jewish exiles were settled.
  2. 1:2 The fifth day…the fifth year: the end of July, 593 B.C.; cf. v. 1.
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