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Ezekiel 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

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On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin—

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the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.[fn] There the hand of the LORD was on him.

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I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,

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and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human,

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but each of them had four faces and four wings.

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Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.

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Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings,

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and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

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Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.

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Such were their faces. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body.

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Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.

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The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.

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The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

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As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces.

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This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.

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Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

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When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose.

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Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

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When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

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Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome.

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When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty,[fn] like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.

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Then there came a voice from above the vault over their heads as they stood with lowered wings.

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Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.

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I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.

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Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
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