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Ezekiel 1 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)


1 The time wherein Ezekiel prophesied, in what place. 3 His kindred. 5 The vision of the four beasts. 26 The vision of the throne.

It came to pass in the [a]thirtieth year in the fourth month, and in the fifth day of the month (as I was among the captives by the river [b]Chebar) that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of [c]GOD.

In the fifth day of the month (which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity)

The word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel the Priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans, by the river Chebar, where the [d]hand of the Lord was upon him.

And I looked, and behold, a [e]whirlwind came out of the North, a great cloud and a fire wrapped about it, and a brightness was about it, and in the midst thereof, to wit, in the midst of the fire came out as the likeness of [f]amber.

Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of [g]four beasts, and this was their form: they had the appearance of a man,

And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

And their feet were straight feet, and the sole of their feet was like the soles of a calf’s foot, and they sparkled like the appearance of bright brass.

And the hands of a man came out from under their wings in the four parts of them, and they four had their faces, and their wings.

They where [h]joined by their wings one to another, and when they went forth, they returned not, but every one went straight forward.

10 And the similitude of their faces was as [i]the face of a man: and they four had the face of a lion on the right side, and they four had the face of a bullock on the left side: they four also had the face of an Eagle.

11 Thus were their faces: but their wings were spread out above: two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

12 And every one went straight forward: they went whither their [j]spirit led them, and they returned not when they went forth.

13 The similitude also of the beasts, and their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: for the fire ran among the beasts, and the fire gave a glister, and out of the fire there went lightning.

14 And the beasts ran, and [k]returned like unto lightning.

15 Now as I beheld the beasts, behold, a wheel appeared upon the earth by the beasts, having four faces.

16 The fashion of the wheels and their work was like unto a [l]Chrysolite: and they four had one form, and their fashion and their work was as one wheel in another wheel.

17 When they went, they went upon their four sides, and they returned not when they went.

18 They had also [m]rings, and height, and were fearful to behold, and their rings were full of eyes, round about them four.

19 And when the beasts went, the wheels went with them: and when the beasts were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

20 Whither their spirit led them, they went, and thither did the spirit of the wheels lead them, and the wheels were lifted up besides them: for the spirit of the beasts was in the wheels.

21 When the beasts went, they went, and when they stood, they stood, and when they were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up besides them: for the spirit of the beasts was in the wheels.

22 And the similitude of the firmament upon the heads of the beasts was wonderful, like unto crystal spread over their heads above.

23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two which covered them, and every one had two which covered their bodies.

24 And when they went forth, I heard the noise of their [n]wings, like the noise of great waters, and as the voice of the Almighty, even the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: even when they stood, they [o]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.

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads, was the fashion of a throne like unto a Sapphire stone, and upon the similitude of the throne was by appearance, as the similitude of a man above upon it.

27 And I saw as the appearance of amber, and as the similitude of fire [p]round about within it to look too, even from his loins upward: and to look too, even from his loins downward, I saw as a likeness of fire, and brightness round about it.

28 As the likeness of the bow, that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the light round about.

29 This was the appearance of the similitude of the glory of the Lord: and when I saw it, I fell [q]upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.


  1. Ezekiel 1:1 After that the book of the Law was found, which was the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah, so that five and twenty years after this book was found, Jeconiah was led away captive with Ezekiel and many of the people, who the first year after saw these visions.
  2. Ezekiel 1:1 Which was a part of Euphrates so called.
  3. Ezekiel 1:1 That is notable and excellent visions, so that it might be known, it was no natural dream, but came of God.
  4. Ezekiel 1:3 That is, the spirit of prophecy, as Ezek. 3:22 and 37:1.
  5. Ezekiel 1:4 By this diversity of words he signifieth the fearful judgment of God and the great afflictions that should come upon Jerusalem.
  6. Ezekiel 1:4 Or, pale fellow.
  7. Ezekiel 1:5 Which were the four Cherubims that represented the glory of God, as Ezek. 3:23.
  8. Ezekiel 1:9 The wing of the one touched the wing of the other.
  9. Ezekiel 1:10 Every Cherubim had four faces, the face of a man, and of a lion on the right side, and the face of a bullock and of an Eagle on the left side.
  10. Ezekiel 1:12 Hebrew, whither their spirit or w[ings] was to go.
  11. Ezekiel 1:14 That is, when they had executed God’s will: for afore they returned not till God had changed the state of things.
  12. Ezekiel 1:16 The Hebrew word is tarshish meaning that the color was like the Cilician Sea, or a precious stone so called.
  13. Ezekiel 1:18 Or, the trent.
  14. Ezekiel 1:24 Which declared the swiftness and the fearfulness of God’s judgments.
  15. Ezekiel 1:24 Which signified that they had no power of themselves, but only waited to execute God’s commandment.
  16. Ezekiel 1:27 Whereby was signified a terrible judgment toward the earth.
  17. Ezekiel 1:29 Considering the majesty of God, and the weakness of flesh.
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Ezekiel 1 New International Version (NIV)

Ezekiel’s Inaugural Vision

In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.[a] There the hand of the Lord was on him.

I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. 14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome. 23 Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. 24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty,[b] like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.

25 Then there came a voice from above the vault over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26 Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. 27 I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.


  1. Ezekiel 1:3 Or Chaldeans
  2. Ezekiel 1:24 Hebrew Shaddai
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