NASB — Ezekiel 1 — KJV

The Vision of Four Figures

1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth [day] of the fourth month, while I was by the ariver Chebar among the exiles, the bheavens were opened and I saw Icvisions of God. 2 (On the fifth of the month Iin the afifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, 3 the aword of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the bland of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there cthe hand of the LORD came upon him.)

[1] ISome ancient mss and versions read a vision aEzk 3:23; 10:15, 20 bMt 3:16; Mk 1:10; Lk 3:21; Ac 7:56; 10:11; Rv 4:1; 19:11 cEx 24:10; Nu 12:6; Is 1:1; 6:1; Ezk 8:3; 11:24; 40:2; Dn 8:1, 2
[2] ILit it was a2K 24:12-15; Ezk 8:1; 20:1
[3] a2P 1:21 bEzk 12:13 c1K 18:46; 2K 3:15; Ezk 3:14, 22

4 ¶ As I looked, behold, a astorm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like bglowing metal in the midst of the fire. 5 Within it there were figures resembling afour living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human bform. 6 Each of them had afour faces and bfour wings. 7 Their legs were straight and Itheir feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like aburnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their afour sides [were] human bhands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, 9 their wings touched one another; [their faces] did anot turn when they moved, each bwent straight forward. 10 As for the aform of their faces, [each] had the bface of a man; Iall four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and Iall four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another [being], and atwo covering their bodies. 12 And aeach went straight forward; bwherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 IIn the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of afire, IIlike torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was IIIflashing from the fire. 14 And the living beings aran to and fro like bolts of blightning.

[4] aIs 21:1; Jr 23:19; Ezk 13:11, 13 bEzk 1:27; 8:2
[5] aEzk 10:15, 17, 20; Rv 4:6-8 bEzk 1:26
[6] aEzk 1:10; 10:14, 21 bEzk 1:23
[7] ILit the soles of their feet aDn 10:6; Rv 1:15
[8] aEzk 1:17; 10:11 bEzk 10:8, 21
[9] aEzk 1:17 bEzk 1:12; 10:22
[10] ILit the four of them aRv 4:7 bEzk 10:14
[11] aIs 6:2; Ezk 1:23
[12] aEzk 1:9 bEzk 1:20
[13] ISo with some ancient versions; Heb as the likeness of the living beings IILit like the appearance of IIILit coming out aPs 104:4; Rv 4:5
[14] aZc 4:10 bMt 24:27; Lk 17:24

15 ¶ Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one awheel on the earth beside the living beings, Ifor [each of] the four of them. 16 The aappearance of the wheels and their workmanship [was] like Isparkling bberyl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship [being] as if IIone wheel were within another. 17 Whenever they Imoved, they Imoved in any of their four IIdirections without aturning as they Imoved. 18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were afull of eyes round about. 19 aWhenever the living beings Imoved, the wheels Imoved with them. And whenever the living beings brose from the earth, the wheels rose [also]. 20 aWherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that directionI. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living IIbeings [was] in the wheels. 21 aWhenever 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 Ibeings [was] in the wheels.

[15] ILit for his four faces aEzk 1:19-21; 10:9
[16] ILit the look of beryl IILit the wheel in the midst of the wheel aEzk 10:9-11 bEzk 10:9; Dn 10:6
[17] ILit went IILit sides aEzk 1:9, 12; 10:11
[18] aEzk 10:12; Rv 4:6, 8
[19] ILit went aEzk 10:16 bEzk 10:19
[20] IM.T. adds the spirit to go IIM.T. reads being aEzk 1:12
[21] IM.T. reads being aEzk 10:17

Vision of Divine Glory

22 ¶ Now aover the heads of the living Ibeings [there was] something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of IIcrystal, spread out over their heads. 23 Under the expanse their wings [were stretched out] straight, one toward the other; each one also had atwo wings covering its body on the one side and on the other. 24 I also heard the sound of their wings like the asound of abundant waters as they went, like the bvoice of Ithe Almighty, a sound of tumult like the csound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. 25 And there came a voice from above the aexpanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.

[22] ISo some ancient mss and versions; M.T. reads being IIOr ice aEzk 10:1
[23] aEzk 1:6, 11
[24] IHeb Shaddai aEzk 43:2; Rv 1:15; 19:6 bEzk 10:5 c2K 7:6; Dn 10:6
[25] aEzk 1:22; 10:1

26 ¶ Now aabove the expanse that was over their heads there was something bresembling a throne, like Iclapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, [was] a figure with the appearance of a dman. 27 Then I Inoticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something alike IIglowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and [there was] a radiance around Him. 28 As the appearance of the arainbow Iin the clouds on a rainy day, so [was] the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such [was] the appearance of the likeness of the bglory of the LORD. And when I saw [it], I cfell on my face and heard a voice speaking.

[26] IHeb eben-sappir aEzk 1:22; 10:1 bIs 6:1; Ezk 10:1; Dn 7:9 cEx 24:10; Is 54:11 dEzk 43:6, 7; Rv 1:13
[27] ILit saw IIOr electrum aEzk 1:4; 8:2
[28] ILit which occurs in aGn 9:13; Rv 4:3; 10:1 bEx 24:16; Ezk 8:4; 11:22, 23; 43:4, 5 cGn 17:3; Ezk 3:23; Dn 8:17; Rv 1:17


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The time of Ezekiel's prophecy at Chebar.

1 ¶ Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, as I [was] among the captives by the river of Chebar, [that] the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. 2 In the fifth [day] of the month, which [was] the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, 3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.

[1] Gn 15:1; 46:2; Nu 4:3; 12:6; Ec 9:1; Is 1:1; Jr 24:5; Ezk 1:3; 3:15, 23; 8:3; 10:15, 20, 22; 11:24; 43:3; Dn 8:1; Ho 12:10; Jol 2:28; Mt 3:16; 17:9; Lk 3:21, 23; Jn 1:51; Ac 7:56; 9:10; 10:3, 11; 2Co 12:1; Rv 4:1; 19:11.
[2] 2K 24:12; Ezk 8:1; 20:1; 29:1, 17; 31:1; 40:1.
[3] 1K 18:46; 2K 3:15; Jr 1:2, 4; Ezk 3:14, 22; 8:1; 33:22; 37:1; 40:1; Ho 1:1; Jol 1:1; 1Ti 4:1.

His vision of the four cherubims,

4 ¶ And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness [was] about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. 5 Also out of the midst thereof [came] the likeness of four living creatures. And this [was] their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7 And their feet [were] straight feet; and the sole of their feet [was] like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. 8 And [they had] the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9 Their wings [were] joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 11 Thus [were] their faces: and their wings [were] stretched upward; two [wings] of every one [were] joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. 12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; [and] they turned not when they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance [was] like burning coals of fire, [and] like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

[4] Ex 19:16; 24:16; Dt 4:11; 2Ch 5:13; 6:1; 7:1; Ps 18:11; 50:3; 97:2; 104:3; Is 19:1; 21:1; Jr 1:13; 4:6; 6:1; 23:19; 25:9, 32; Ezk 1:27; 8:2; 10:2, 8; Na 1:3; Hab 1:8; 3:3; He 12:29; Rv 1:15.
[5] Rv 4:6; 6:6.
[6] Ex 25:20; 1K 6:24; Is 6:2; Ezk 1:8, 10, 15; 10:10, 14, 21; Rv 4:7.
[7] Lv 11:3, 47; Ps 104:4; Ezk 1:13; Dn 10:6; Rv 1:15.
[8] Is 6:6; Ezk 8:3; 10:2, 7, 18, 21.
[9] 2Ch 3:11; Pv 4:25; Ezk 1:11, 12; 10:11, 22; Lk 9:51, 62; 1Co 1:10.
[10] Nu 2:3, 10, 18, 25; Dt 28:49; Jg 14:18; 1Ch 12:8; Jb 39:27; Pv 14:4; Is 40:31; 46:8; Ezk 10:14; Dn 7:4; Lk 15:10; 1Co 9:9; 14:20; Rv 4:7; 5:5.
[11] Is 6:2; Ezk 1:23; 10:16, 19.
[12] Ezk 1:9, 17, 20; 10:22; He 1:14.
[13] Gn 15:17; Ps 104:4; Ezk 1:7; Dn 10:5; Mt 28:3; Rv 4:5; 10:1; 18:1.
[14] Ps 147:15; Dn 9:21; Zc 2:3; 4:10; Mt 24:27, 31; Mk 13:27.

of the four wheels,

15 ¶ Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work [was] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: [and] they turned not when they went. 18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings [were] full of eyes round about them four. 19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither [was their] spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels. 21 When those went, [these] went; and when those stood, [these] stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels. 22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature [was] as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. 23 And under the firmament [were] their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings. 25 And there was a voice from the firmament that [was] over their heads, when they stood, [and] had let down their wings.

[15] Ezk 1:6, 19; 10:9, 13; Dn 7:9; Rv 4:7.
[16] Ex 39:13; Jb 9:10; Ps 36:6; 40:5; Ezk 10:9, 10; Dn 10:6; Ro 11:33; Ep 3:10.
[17] Is 55:11; Ezk 1:9, 12; 10:1.
[18] Jb 37:22; Ps 77:16; 97:2; Pv 15:3; Is 55:9; Ezk 10:12; Zc 4:10; Rv 4:6, 8.
[19] Ps 103:20; Ezk 10:16.
[20] Ezk 1:12; 10:17; Zc 6:1; 1Co 14:32.
[21] Ezk 1:19; 10:17; Ro 8:2.
[22] Ex 24:10; Jb 37:22; Ezk 1:26; 10:1; Rv 4:3, 6; 21:11.
[23] Jb 4:18; Ps 89:7; Ezk 1:11, 12, 24; Lk 17:10.
[24] 2K 7:6; Jb 37:2, 4; Ps 18:13; 29:3; 68:33; Ezk 10:5; 43:2; Dn 10:6; Rv 1:15; 19:6.
[25] Ezk 1:24.

and of the glory of the LORD.

26 ¶ And above the firmament that [was] over their heads [was] the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne [was] the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [was] the appearance of the brightness round about. This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw [it], I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

[26] Gn 32:24; Ex 24:10; Jsh 5:13; 6:1; Ps 45:6; Is 6:1; 9:6; 54:11; Jr 23:5; Ezk 1:22; 10:1; Dn 7:9, 14; 10:18; Zc 6:13; Mt 25:13; 28:18; Ep 1:21; Php 2:9; He 1:8; 8:1; 12:2; 1P 3:22; Rv 1:13; 3:21; 4:2; 5:13; 14:14; 20:11.
[27] Dt 4:24; Ps 50:3; 97:2; Ezk 1:4; 8:2; 2Th 1:8; He 12:29; Rv 1:14.
[28] Gn 9:13; 17:3; Ex 16:7, 10; 24:16; 33:18; Lv 9:24; Nu 12:6; 1K 8:10; Is 54:8; Ezk 3:23; 8:4; 10:19; 43:3; Dn 8:17; 10:7, 16; Mt 17:5; Ac 9:4; 1Co 13:12; Rv 1:17; 4:3; 10:1.


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