The Vision of Four Figures

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. (On the fifth of the month [b]in the (D)fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, 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.)

As I looked, behold, a (H)high wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing intermittently and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like (I)gleaming [c]metal in the midst of the fire. And within it there were figures resembling (J)four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human (K)form. Each of them had (L)four faces and (M)four wings. Their legs were straight and [d]their feet were like a calf’s [e]hoof, and they sparkled like (N)polished bronze. Under their wings on their (O)four sides were human (P)hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, 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 a human (T)face; [f]all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and [g]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 [h]In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of (X)fire, [i]like torches moving among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was [j]flashing from the fire. 14 And the living beings (Y)ran back and forth like bolts of (Z)lightning.

15 Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one (AA)wheel on the ground beside the living beings, for [k]each of the four of them. 16 The (AB)appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like [l]sparkling (AC)topaz, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if [m]one wheel were within another. 17 Whenever they [n]moved, they [o]moved in any of their four [p]directions without (AD)turning as they [q]moved. 18 As for their rims, they were high and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were [r](AE)covered with eyes all around. 19 (AF)Whenever the living beings [s]moved, the wheels [t]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[u]. And the wheels rose just as they did; for the spirit of the living [v]beings was in the wheels. 21 (AI)Whenever those went, they went; and whenever those stopped, they stopped. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose just as they did; for the spirit of the living [w]beings was in the wheels.

Vision of Divine Glory

22 Now (AJ)over the heads of the living [x]beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of 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 And I also heard the sound of their wings, like the (AL)sound of abundant waters as they went, like the (AM)voice of [y]the Almighty, a sound of a crowd like the (AN)sound of an army camp; whenever they stopped, they let down their wings. 25 And a voice came from above the (AO)expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they let down their wings.

26 Now (AP)above the expanse that was over their heads there was something (AQ)resembling a throne, like [z](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 [aa]noticed from the appearance of His waist and upward something (AT)like gleaming [ab]metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. 28 Like the appearance of the (AU)rainbow [ac]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.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 1:1 Some ancient versions a vision
  2. Ezekiel 1:2 Lit it was
  3. Ezekiel 1:4 Heb uncertain; Gr indicates a gold and silver alloy
  4. Ezekiel 1:7 Lit the sole of their feet
  5. Ezekiel 1:7 Lit sole of a foot
  6. Ezekiel 1:10 Lit the four of them
  7. Ezekiel 1:10 Lit the four of them
  8. Ezekiel 1:13 As in some ancient versions; MT And the likeness of the living beings
  9. Ezekiel 1:13 Lit like the appearance of
  10. Ezekiel 1:13 Lit going out
  11. Ezekiel 1:15 Lit his four faces
  12. Ezekiel 1:16 Or the look of topaz
  13. Ezekiel 1:16 Lit the wheel in the midst of the wheel
  14. Ezekiel 1:17 Lit went
  15. Ezekiel 1:17 Lit went
  16. Ezekiel 1:17 Lit sides
  17. Ezekiel 1:17 Lit went
  18. Ezekiel 1:18 Lit full of
  19. Ezekiel 1:19 Lit went
  20. Ezekiel 1:19 Lit went
  21. Ezekiel 1:20 MT adds the spirit to go
  22. Ezekiel 1:20 MT being
  23. Ezekiel 1:21 MT being
  24. Ezekiel 1:22 As in some mss and ancient versions; MT being
  25. Ezekiel 1:24 Heb Shaddai
  26. Ezekiel 1:26 Heb eben-sappir
  27. Ezekiel 1:27 Lit saw
  28. Ezekiel 1:27 See note v 4
  29. Ezekiel 1:28 Lit which occurs in