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Ezekiel 1 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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The Vision of Four Living Creatures

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:1 -

Now it happened in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, that the heavens were opened, and I saw [fn]visions of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:2 - (On the fifth of the month [fn]in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:3 - the word of [fn]Yahweh came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of Yahweh came upon him.)
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:4 -

Then I looked, and behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light all around it, and in its midst something like the gleam of glowing metal in the midst of the fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:5 - And within it there were figures with the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:6 - And each of them had four faces and four wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:7 - And their legs were straight, and [fn]their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they sparkled like the gleam of burnished bronze.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:8 - And under their wings on their four sides were hands of a man. As for the faces and wings of the four of them,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:9 - their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn as they went; each went straight forward.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:10 - And as for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; [fn]all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and [fn]all four had the face of an eagle.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:11 - And such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and two covering their bodies.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:12 - And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:13 - [fn]As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, [fn]like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the living creatures. The fire was bright, and lightning was [fn]flashing from the fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:14 - And the living creatures ran to and fro with the appearance of lightning.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:15 -

Then I looked at the living creatures, and behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, [fn]for each of the four of them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:16 - The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like the gleam of beryl, and all four of them had the same likeness, their appearance and workmanship being as if [fn]one wheel were within another.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:17 - Whenever they went, they went in any of their four [fn]directions without turning as they went.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:18 - And as for their rims, they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them 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 also.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:20 - Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction, [fn]where the spirit was about to go. And the wheels rose alongside of them; for the spirit of the living [fn]creatures was in the wheels.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:21 - 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 [fn]creatures was in the wheels.

The Vision of the Glory of Yahweh

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:22 -

Now over the heads of the living [fn]creatures there was something with the likeness of an expanse, like the awesome gleam of [fn]crystal, spread out over their heads above.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:23 - And underneath the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had two wings covering its body on the one side and on the other.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:24 - I also heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters as they went, like the [fn]sound of [fn]the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:25 - And there came a sound from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:26 -

Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something in the likeness of a throne, like sapphire stone in appearance; and upon the likeness of the throne, high up, was the likeness of one with the appearance of a man.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:27 - Then I saw from the appearance of His loins and upward something like the gleam of [fn]glowing metal with the appearance of fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something with the appearance of fire; and there was a radiance all around Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:28 - As the appearance of the rainbow [fn]in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the radiance all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Yahweh. And I saw this, and I fell on my face and heard a sound of a voice speaking.
LSB Footnotes
Some ancient mss and versions a vision
Lit it was
The personal covenant name of God, a form of I AM WHO I AM, cf. Ex 3:14-15
Lit the soles of their feet
Lit the four of them
Lit the four of them
Some ancient versions And in the midst of the living
Lit coming out
Lit coming out
Lit for his four faces
Lit the wheel in the midst of the wheel
Lit sides
Some ancient versions omit the final clause
M.T. creature
M.T. being
As in some ancient mss and versions; M.T. creature
Or ice
Or voice
Heb Shaddai
Or electrum
Lit which occurs in
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