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Ezekiel 1 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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The Vision of Four Figures

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Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, 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 the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him.)
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As I looked, behold, a 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 gleaming [fn]metal in the midst of the fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:5 - And within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:6 - Each of them had four faces and four wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:7 - Their legs were straight and [fn]their feet were like a calf’s [fn]hoof, and they sparkled like polished bronze.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:8 - Under their wings on their four sides were human hands. 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 when they moved, each went straight forward.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:10 - As for the form of their faces, each had a human face; [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 - 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]In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, [fn]like torches moving among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was [fn]flashing from the fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:14 - And the living beings ran back and forth like bolts of lightning.
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Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the ground beside the living beings, for [fn]each of the four of them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:16 - The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like [fn]sparkling topaz, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if [fn]one wheel were within another.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:17 - Whenever they [fn]moved, they [fn]moved in any of their four [fn]directions without turning as they [fn]moved.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:18 - As for their rims, they were high and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were [fn]covered with eyes all around.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:19 - Whenever the living beings [fn]moved, the wheels [fn]moved with them. And whenever the living beings 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]. And the wheels rose just as they did; for the spirit of the living [fn]beings was in the wheels.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:21 - 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 [fn]beings was in the wheels.

Vision of Divine Glory

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

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:23 - Under 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 - And I also heard the sound of their wings, like the sound of abundant waters as they went, like the voice of [fn]the Almighty, a sound of a crowd like the sound of an army camp; whenever they stopped, they let down their wings.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:25 - And a voice came from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they let down their wings.
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Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like [fn]lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:27 - Then I [fn]noticed from the appearance of His waist and upward something like gleaming [fn]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.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:28 - Like the appearance of the rainbow [fn]in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
NASB20 Footnotes
Some ancient versions a vision
Lit it was
Heb uncertain; Gr indicates a gold and silver alloy
Lit the sole of their feet
Lit sole of a foot
Lit the four of them
Lit the four of them
As in some ancient versions; MT And the likeness of the living beings
Lit like the appearance of
Lit going out
Lit his four faces
Or the look of topaz
Lit the wheel in the midst of the wheel
Lit went
Lit went
Lit sides
Lit went
Lit full of
Lit went
Lit went
MT adds the spirit to go
MT being
MT being
As in some mss and ancient versions; MT being
Heb Shaddai
Heb eben-sappir
Lit saw
See note v 4
Lit which occurs in

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