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Ezekiel 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Ezekiel in Babylon

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:1 - In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:2 - On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin),
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:3 - the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.

The Glory of the Lord

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:4 - As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:5 - And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:6 - but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:7 - Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:8 - Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:9 - their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:10 - As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:11 - Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:12 - And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit[fn] would go, they went, without turning as they went.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:13 - As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:14 - And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:15 - Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:16 - As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:17 - When they went, they went in any of their four directions[fn] without turning as they went.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:18 - And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:19 - And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:20 - Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures[fn] was in the wheels.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:21 - When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:22 - Over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse, shining like awe-inspiring crystal, spread out above their heads.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:23 - And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. And each creature had two wings covering its body.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:24 - And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army. When they stood still, they let down their wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:25 - And there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads. When they stood still, they let down their wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:26 - And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire;[fn] and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:27 - And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:28 - Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such 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 the voice of one speaking.
ESV Footnotes
Or from God
Or amber; also verse 27
Or Spirit; also twice in verse 20 and once in verse 21
Hebrew of their faces
Hebrew on their four sides
Or the spirit of life; also verse 21
Or lapis lazuli
Or it

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