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Ezekiel 1

The Vision of Four Figures

1Now it came about [when I was] in my [a]thirtieth year [of life], on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was among the exiles beside the River Chebar [in Babylonia], the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. (On the fifth of the month, which was in the fifth year of [b]King Jehoiachin’s captivity, the word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the [c]Chaldeans by the River [d]Chebar; and the hand of the Lord came upon him there.)

As I looked, I saw a stormy wind coming out of the north, a great cloud with fire flashing continually from it; and a brightness was around it, and in its core [there was] something like glowing [amber-colored] metal in the midst of the fire. Within it there were figures resembling [e]four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form. Each one had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight and the soles of their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they sparkled and gleamed like shiny bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward. 10 Regarding the [f]form and appearance of their faces: they [each] had the face of a man [in front], and each had the face of a lion on the right side, and the face of an ox on the left side; all four also had the face of an eagle [at the back of their heads]. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were stretched out upward; two [wings] of each one were touching another [the wings of the beings on either side of it], and [the remaining] two [wings of each being] were covering their bodies. 12 And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 Among the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. 14 And the living beings moved rapidly back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15 Now as I looked at the living beings, I saw one wheel on the ground beside the living beings, for each of the four of them. 16 Regarding the appearance of the wheels and their construction: they gleamed like chrysolite (beryl, olivine); and the four were made alike. Their appearance and construction were a wheel [set at a right angle] within a wheel. 17 Whenever they moved, they went in any [one] of their four directions without turning as they moved. 18 Regarding their rims: they were so high that they were awesome and dreadful, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes all around. 19 Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them; and when the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. 20 Wherever the spirit went, the beings went in that direction. And the wheels rose along with them; for the spirit or life of the living beings was in the wheels. 21 Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those came to a stop, these came to a stop; and whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them, for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.

Vision of Divine Glory

22 Now stretched over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, looking like the terrible and awesome shimmer of icy crystal. 23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. Every living being had two wings which covered its body on one side and on the other side. 24 As they moved, I also heard the sound of their wings like the sound of great [rushing] waters, like the voice of [g]the Almighty, the sound of tumult like the noise of an army camp. Whenever they came to a stop, they lowered their wings. 25 And there was a voice above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stopped, they lowered their wings.

26 Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, it appeared like [it was made of] sapphire or lapis lazuli; and [seated] on that which looked like a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. 27 Now upward, from that which appeared to be His waist, I saw something like glowing metal that looked like it was filled with fire all around it; and downward, from that which appeared to be His waist, I saw something like fire; and there was a brightness and a remarkable radiance [like a halo] around Him. 28 As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory and brilliance of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell face downward and I heard a voice of One speaking.

Notas al pie

  1. Ezekiel 1:1 If he had not been in exile in Babylonia Ezekiel would have formally begun his service to God as a Levitical priest at the age of thirty. Instead God anointed him to serve as a prophet.
  2. Ezekiel 1:2 Jehoiachin the king of Judah was taken captive when Nebuchadnezzar and his army invaded Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar II of the Chaldean Dynasty, more commonly known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, ruled Babylon from 605-562 b.c. He conquered Jerusalem in 597 b.c.
  3. Ezekiel 1:3 The Chaldeans dominated and ruled Babylonia from 625 b.c., until their empire fell in 539 b.c., but they were known as early as 1000 b.c. as an aggressive, tribal people in the southern region of Babylonia. They were highly skilled in both the science of astronomy and the pseudo-science of astrology. They kept meticulous records of celestial motion and correctly calculated the length of a year to within just a few minutes. Babylon, their capital city, was the center of trade and learning in the western part of Asia. The classical literature of the Chaldeans was written in cuneiform, but the common language, both written and spoken in Babylon, was Akkadian increasingly influenced by Aramaic.
  4. Ezekiel 1:3 A canal off the Euphrates, south of Babylon.
  5. Ezekiel 1:5 These four angelic beings are identified as cherubim in ch 10. In Scripture, the cherubim seem to be related to the affirmation of God’s perfection and holiness standing in stark contrast to the debased character of godless mankind. They are extremely intelligent, powerful, expeditious servants of God.
  6. Ezekiel 1:10 Various interpretations have been ascribed to the symbolism of the four heavenly beings. The four faces may be regarded as symbolic of “the four portraits of Jesus” as given in the four Gospels (king, servant, man, and God). Another proposes that they represent the four qualities of the angels (intelligent, strong, servile, and swift). Another interpretation identifies them with the four Gospels, and another with the four corners of the earth, implying that the angels serve God throughout the earth. In ch 10 these beings are identified as cherubim.
  7. Ezekiel 1:24 Heb Shaddai.

Japanese Living Bible

エゼキエル書 1


11-3 ブジの息子である私エゼキエルは祭司でしたが、バビロンに連れて来られた捕囚のユダヤ人の一人として、ケバル川のほとりに住んでいました。第四の月の五日、突然、天が開いて、私は神からの幻を見たのです。その時、私は三十歳になっていました。


すると、その雲の真ん中から、人間のように見える奇妙な姿をした四つのものが現れました。 その四つのものは、それぞれ四つの顔と二対の翼を持っていました。 足は人間の足のようですが、先が子牛のひづめのように分かれていて、みがいた真鍮のように輝いているのです。 また、それぞれ翼の下から人間の手が出ているのが見えました。

この四つの生きものは翼を連ねて、曲がらずにまっすぐ飛んで来ました。 10 それぞれの顔は、正面は人の顔、右側はライオンの顔、左側は牛の顔、背面はわしの顔でした。 11 それぞれの二対の翼は、背中の中央から広げられ、一対は両側の生きものの翼に触れ合い、他の一対は体を覆っていました。 12 そして、彼らの霊が行く所はどこへでも、曲がることなく、まっすぐに進んで行きました。

13 これらの生きものの間を、赤く燃える炭火や明るいたいまつのように輝く別の生きものがうごめいていました。それらの生きものからは、いなずまが出ていました。 14 その生きものたちは、いなずまの光のように速く、あちこち動き回っていました。

15 私がこの光景に見入っていると、四つの生きものの下には、地上でそれらを支えるように四つの輪があるのが見えました。それぞれの生きものに一つの輪がついているのです。 16 輪はみがき上げた琥珀でできているように見え、輪の中にもう一つの輪が内側にあるようにはめ込まれていました。 17 これらの輪は、向きを変えずに四つの方向に向かうことができました。 18 四つの輪には縁と輻があり、縁の外側には目がいっぱいついていました。 19-21 四つの生きものが前方に飛ぶときは輪も前方に動き、上に飛ぶと輪も上に動きました。生きものが止まると輪も止まりました。生きものの霊が輪の中にあったからです。それで、霊が行く所はどこへでも、輪と生きものも行きました。

22 生きものの上に広がった大空は、まるで水晶のように輝き、ことばでは表現できないほどの美しさでした。 23 それぞれの生きものの翼は、互いにまっすぐに伸びて触れ合い、もう一対の翼が体を覆っていました。 24 生きものが飛ぶと、翼は打ち寄せる波や神の声のように、あるいは大軍勢の雄たけびのようなとどろきを立てました。生きものは止まると、翼を下に垂れました。 25 生きものが止まるたびに、頭上の水晶のような大空から声が聞こえました。

26 生きものの頭上の空高く、壮麗な青いサファイヤで作った王座のようなものがあり、人間の姿に似た方が座っていたのです。 27-28 その方は、腰から上は、火のように照り輝く、燃える青銅のように見えました。腰から下は炎に包まれ、その方の回りには虹のような輝きがありました。このように、主の栄光が示されたのです。これを見て、私は地にひれ伏しました。そして、私に語りかける方の声を聞いたのです。