Ezekiel 1

ISV(i) 1 On the fifth day of the fourth month of the thirtieth year of the exile to Babylon, while I was among the captives on the bank of the Chebar River, heaven opened up and I saw visions from God. 2 (Furthermore, on the fifth day of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's imprisonment in exile, 3 a message from the LORD came directly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Chebar River in the land of the Chaldeans. The hand of the LORD rested upon him there.) 4 As I continued to watch, a wind storm blew from the north, consisting of a massive cloud, accompanied by fire flashing back and forth and an aura surrounding it. From within the middle of it there was something that looked like the color of bronze that glowed from a fire furnace, 5 while from its midst four likenesses of living beings were visible. The appearance of these likenesses was similar to human forms. 6 They each had four faces and four pairs of wings. 7 They had straight legs and their feet resembled calves' hooves, but they gleamed like polished bronze. 8 From under their wings there were human hands on their four sides. Now as to their four faces and pairs of wings, 9 their pairs of wings were overlapping each other; they moved in straight directions without turning their faces around as they moved. 10 The form of their faces was human, but each of the four also had the face of a lion to the right, the face of an ox to the left, and the face of an eagle behind them. 11 That's what their faces were like. Their wings spread out above and around them, one pair overlapping another, and with one pair covering themselves. 12 Each moved in straight directions. Wherever they decided to go, they went without turning themselves. 13 Now as to the appearance of these beings, something that looked like glowing coals of fire, like torches that moved back and forth among the beings. The fire was dazzling, and lightning flashed from the fire. 14 The beings moved around at the speed of lightning. 15 As I observed the beings, I noticed one wheel on the earth beside each being {— } that is, for the four of them. 16 The appearance of their wheels and their construction details looked like gold-colored beryl. Each wheel was identical in form to the four wheels, and their appearance and construction details were designed as if one wheel were within another. 17 Whenever the four moved, no matter which of four directions, they moved without turning around. 18 Their wheel rims were massive and frightening. They were full of eyes that surrounded the four of them. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28