*THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Ezekiel 1 ©
When and where Ezekiel prophesied, v. 1, etc. God shows him a wonderful vision, of four creatures, 4, 5, etc. Of four wheels, 15. and of a throne, wherein the Lord did manifest Himself in the form of a man, as Ruler and Judge of the entire world, 26.
NOW it came to pass in the 1thirtieth year, in the 2fourth 3month, in the fifth day of the month, 4as I was among 5the captives by the river of 6Chebar,athat the heavens 7were opened, and I saw 8visions of God.
In the fifth day of the month, which was the 9fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,
The word of the LORD 10came expressly unto 11Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and 12the hand of the LORD was there upon him.
¶And I 13looked, and, behold, a whirlwind 14came out of 15the north, a 16great cloud, and a 17fire 18infoldingb itself, and a 19brightness was about it, and out of the midst 20thereof as 21the colour of 22amber, 23out of the midst of the fire.
Also out of the midst 24thereof came the likeness of 25four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of 26a man.
Andc every one had 27four faces, and every one had 28four wings.
And their 29feet were 30straight feet; and the 31sole of their feet was like the sole of a 32calf’s foot: and they 33sparkled like the colour of 34burnished brass.
And they had 35the handsd of a man 36under their wings on their 37four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.
Their 38wings were joined 39one to another; they 40turned not when they went; 41they went every one straight forward.
As for thee likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a 42man, and the face of a 43lion, on the right side: and 44they four had the face of an 45ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an 46eagle.
47Thus were their faces: and 48their wings were 49stretched upward; 50two wings of 51every one were 52joined one to another, 53and two covered their bodies.
54And they went every one straight forward: whither the 55spirit was to go, they went; and 56they turned not when they went.
As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like 57burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of 58lamps: it 59went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was 60bright, and out of the fire went forth 61lightning.
And the living creatures ran and 62returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
¶Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one 63wheel upon the earth 64by the living creatures, with 65his 66four faces.
Thef appearance of the wheels and their 67work was like unto the colour of a 68beryl: and they four had 69one likeness: and their appearance and their work was 70as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
When they went, they went 71upon their four sides: and they 72turned not when they went.
As for their 73rings, 74they were so high that they were dreadful; and theirg rings were full of 75eyes round about them four.
76Andh 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.
Whithersoever the 77spirit was to go, 78they went, 79thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against 80them: for 81the spirit of the 82living creature was in the wheels.
When 83those went, 84these went; and when those 85stood, these stood; and 86when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the 87spirit of the 88living creature was in the wheels.
And the likeness of 89the firmament upon the heads 90of the living creature was as the 91colour of the 92terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.
And under the firmament were their wings 93straight, 94the one toward the other: 95every one had two, 96which covered on this side, and 97every one had two, 98which covered on that side, their bodies.
And when they went, I heard the 99noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as 100the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they 101stood, they let down their wings.
And there was a 102voice from the firmament that was over 103their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.
¶And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a 104throne, as the appearance of a 105sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a 106man 107above upon it.
And I saw 108as the colour of 109amber, as the appearance 110of fire 111round 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 112brightness round about.
As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, 113so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the 114glory of the LORD. And wheni I saw it, I 115fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.