Ezekiel 1

1- 3I am the priest, Ezekiel son of Buzzi. I was in exile by the Kebar Canal in Babylonia when the skies opened up and I saw visions of God. This was on the fifth day of the fourth month ˻(July)˼ of the thirtieth year. During King Jehoiachin’s fifth year in exile, on the fifth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel. The Lord’s power came on him at that place. 4I ˻(Ezekiel)˼ saw a big storm coming from the north. It was a big cloud with a strong wind, and there was fire flashing from it. Light was shining out all around it. It looked like hot metal glowing in a fire. 5Inside the cloud, there were four animals that looked like people. 6But each animal had four faces and four wings. 7Their legs were straight. Their feet looked like cow’s feet. And they sparkled like polished brass. 8Under their wings were human arms. There were four animals. Each animal had four faces and four wings. 9The wings touched each other. The animals did not turn when they moved. They went in the direction they were looking. 10Each animal had four faces. ˻In the front˼ they each had a man’s face. On the right side there was a lion’s face. On the left side there was a bull’s face. And on the back there was an eagle’s face. 11The wings of the animals were spread out over them. With two of the wings each animal reached out to touch the animals near it and with the other two wings it covered its body. 12Each animal went in the direction it was looking. They went wherever the wind caused them to go. But they did not turn when they moved. 13That is what the animals looked like. Inside the area between the animals, there was something that looked like burning coals of fire. This fire was like small torches that kept moving around among the animals. The fire glowed brightly and lightning flashed from it! 14The animals ran back and forth—fast like lightning! 15- 16I was looking at the animals when I noticed four wheels that touched the ground. There was one wheel at each animal. All of the wheels looked the same. The wheels looked like they were made from a clear, yellow jewel. They looked like there was a wheel inside a wheel. 17˻The wheels˼ could ˻turn to˼ move in any direction. ˻But the animals˼ did not turn when they moved. 18The rims of the wheels were tall and frightening! There were eyes all over the rims of all four wheels. 19The wheels always moved with the animals. If the animals went up into the air, the wheels went with them. 20They went wherever the wind wanted them to go, and the wheels went with them. Why? Because the wind ˻(power)˼ of the animal was in the wheels. 21So if the animals moved, the wheels moved. If the animals stopped, the wheels stopped. If the wheels went into the air, the animals went with them. Why? Because the wind was in the wheels. 22There was an amazing thing over the heads of animals. It was like a bowl turned upside down. And the bowl was clear like crystal! 23Under this bowl, each animal had wings reaching out to the animals next to it. Two wings spread out one way and two wings spread out in the other way, covering its body. 24Then I heard the wings. Every time the animals moved, their wings made a very loud noise. They were loud like a lot of water rushing by. They were loud like ˻God˼ All-Powerful. They were loud like an army or a crowd of people. And when the animals stopped moving, they put their wings down ˻by their side˼. 25The animals stopped moving and lowered their wings. And there was another loud sound. That sound came from above the bowl over their heads. 26There was something that looked like a throne on top of that bowl. It was blue like sapphire. And there was something that looked like a man sitting on that throne! 27I looked at him from his waist up. He looked like hot metal. It looked like fire all around him! And I looked at him from his waist down. It looked like fire with a glow that was shining all around him. 28The light shining around him was like a rainbow in a cloud. It was the Glory of the Lord. As soon as I saw that, I fell to the ground. I bowed with my face to the ground. And then I heard a voice speaking to me.

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