1:1 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.
1:2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king
1:3 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.
1:4 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.
1:5 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.
1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.
1:7 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.
1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides;
and they four had their faces and their wings.
1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went;
they went every one straight forward.
1:10 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.
1:11 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.
1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go,
they went; and they turned not when they went.
1:13 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
1:14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash
1:15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by
the living creatures, with his four faces.
1:16 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.
1:17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not
when they went.
1:18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their
rings were full of eyes round about them four.
1:19 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.
1:20 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.
1:21 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.
1:22 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
1:23 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.
1:24 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.
1:25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when
they stood, and had let down their wings.
1:26 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.
1:27 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.
1:28 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.