1Now it came to pass in the thirtiethyear, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was amongthe captivesby the riverof Chebar, that the heavenswere opened, and I sawvisionsof God. 2In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifthyearof kingJehoiachin’scaptivity, 3The wordof the LORDcame expressly unto Ezekielthe priest, the sonof Buzi, in the landof the Chaldeansby the riverChebar; and the handof the LORD was there upon him.
4And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwindcameout of the north, a greatcloud, and a fireinfoldingitself, and a brightness was aboutit, and out of the midstthereof as the colourof amber, out of the midstof the fire. 5Also out of the midst thereof came the likenessof fourliving creatures. And this was their appearance; theyhad the likenessof a man. 6And every onehad fourfaces, and every onehad fourwings. 7And their feet were straightfeet; and the soleof their feet was like the soleof a calf’sfoot: and they sparkledlike the colourof burnishedbrass. 8 And they had the handsof a manunder their wingson their foursides; and they fourhad their facesand their wings. 9Their wings were joinedoneto another; they turnednot when they went; they wentevery onestraightforward. 10As for the likenessof their faces, they fourhad the faceof a man, and the faceof a lion, on the right side: and they fourhad the faceof an oxon the left side; they fouralso had the faceof an eagle. 11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretchedupward; two wings of every one were joinedoneto another, and twocoveredtheir bodies. 12And they wentevery onestraightforward: whither the spiritwas to go, they went; and they turnednot when they went.
13As for the likenessof the living creatures, their appearance was like burningcoalsof fire, and like the appearanceof lamps: it went up and downamong the living creatures; and the firewas bright, and out of the firewent forthlightning. 14And the living creaturesranand returnedas the appearanceof a flash of lightning.
15Now as I beheldthe living creatures, behold onewheelupon the earthbythe living creatures, with his fourfaces. 16The appearanceof the wheelsand their work was like unto the colourof a beryl: and they fourhad onelikeness: and their appearanceand their work was as it were a wheelin the middleof a wheel. 17When they went, they wentupon their foursides: and they turnednot when they went. 18As for their rings, they were so highthat they were dreadful; and their rings were fullof eyesround aboutthem four.
19And when the living creatureswent, the wheelswentby them: and when the living creatureswere lifted upfrom the earth, the wheelswere lifted up. 20Whithersoever the spiritwas to go, they went, thither was their spiritto go; and the wheelswere lifted upover againstthem: for the spiritof the living creature was in the wheels. 21When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted upfrom the earth, the wheelswere lifted upover againstthem: for the spiritof the living creature was in the wheels.
22And the likenessof the firmamentupon the headsof the living creature was as the colourof the terriblecrystal, stretched forthover their headsabove. 23And under the firmament were their wingsstraight, the onetoward the other: every onehad two, which coveredon this side, and every onehad two, which coveredon that side, their bodies.
24And when they went, I heardthe noiseof their wings, like the noiseof greatwaters, as the voiceof the Almighty, the voiceof speech, as the noiseof an host: when they stood, they let downtheir wings. 25And there was a voicefrom the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let downtheir wings.
26And abovethe firmament that was over their heads was the likenessof a throne, as the appearanceof a sapphirestone: and upon the likenessof the throne was the likenessas the appearanceof a manabove upon it.
27And I sawas the colourof amber, as the appearanceof fireround aboutwithinit, from the appearanceof his loinseven upward, and from the appearanceof his loinseven downward, I sawas it were the appearanceof fire, and it had brightnessround about.
28As the appearanceof the bowthat is in the cloudin the dayof rain, so was the appearanceof the brightnessround about. This was the appearanceof the likenessof the gloryof the LORD. And when I saw it, I fellupon my face, and I hearda voiceof one that spake.