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Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:1 - On July 31[fn] of my thirtieth year,[fn] while I was with the Judean exiles beside the Kebar River in Babylon, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:2 - This happened during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:3 - (The LORD gave this message to Ezekiel son of Buzi, a priest, beside the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians,[fn] and he felt the hand of the LORD take hold of him.)

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:4 - As I looked, I saw a great storm coming from the north, driving before it a huge cloud that flashed with lightning and shone with brilliant light. There was fire inside the cloud, and in the middle of the fire glowed something like gleaming amber.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:5 - From the center of the cloud came four living beings that looked human,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:6 - except that each had four faces and four wings.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:7 - Their legs were straight, and their feet had hooves like those of a calf and shone like burnished bronze.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:8 - Under each of their four wings I could see human hands. So each of the four beings had four faces and four wings.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:9 - The wings of each living being touched the wings of the beings beside it. Each one moved straight forward in any direction without turning around.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:10 - Each had a human face in the front, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle at the back.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:11 - Each had two pairs of outstretched wings—one pair stretched out to touch the wings of the living beings on either side of it, and the other pair covered its body.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:12 - They went in whatever direction the spirit chose, and they moved straight forward in any direction without turning around.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:13 - The living beings looked like bright coals of fire or brilliant torches, and lightning seemed to flash back and forth among them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:14 - And the living beings darted to and fro like flashes of lightning.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:15 - As I looked at these beings, I saw four wheels touching the ground beside them, one wheel belonging to each.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:16 - The wheels sparkled as if made of beryl. All four wheels looked alike and were made the same; each wheel had a second wheel turning crosswise within it.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:17 - The beings could move in any of the four directions they faced, without turning as they moved.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:18 - The rims of the four wheels were tall and frightening, and they were covered with eyes all around.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:19 - When the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. When they flew upward, the wheels went up, too.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:20 - The spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. So wherever the spirit went, the wheels and the living beings also went.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:21 - When the beings moved, the wheels moved. When the beings stopped, the wheels stopped. When the beings flew upward, the wheels rose up, for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:22 - Spread out above them was a surface like the sky, glittering like crystal.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:23 - Beneath this surface the wings of each living being stretched out to touch the others’ wings, and each had two wings covering its body.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:24 - As they flew, their wings sounded to me like waves crashing against the shore or like the voice of the Almighty[fn] or like the shouting of a mighty army. When they stopped, they let down their wings.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:25 - As they stood with wings lowered, a voice spoke from beyond the crystal surface above them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:26 - Above this surface was something that looked like a throne made of blue lapis lazuli. And on this throne high above was a figure whose appearance resembled a man.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:27 - From what appeared to be his waist up, he looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. And from his waist down, he looked like a burning flame, shining with splendor.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 1:28 - All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the LORD looked like to me. When I saw it, I fell face down on the ground, and I heard someone’s voice speaking to me.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew On the fifth day of the fourth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. A number of dates in Ezekiel can be cross-checked with dates in surviving Babylonian records and related accurately to our modern calendar. This event occurred on July 31, 593 B.C.
Or in the thirtieth year.
Or Chaldeans.
Or like burnished metal; also in 1:27.
Hebrew Shaddai.

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