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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.

Korean Living Bible

에스겔 1

에스겔의 첫번째 환상

1[a]내가 서른 살 되던 해 4월 5일에 바빌로니아의 그발 강가에서 포로들과 함께 있 을 때 갑자기 하늘이 열려 나는 하나님이 보여 주시는 환상을 보게 되었다.

이것은 여호야긴왕이 포로로 잡혀간 지 5년째가 되던 해였다.

그 곳 그발 강가에서 부시의 아들인 제사장 나 에스겔에게 여호와께서 특별히 말씀을 주셨는데 그때 [b]나는 여호와의 손길이 내 위에 있는 것을 느꼈다.

나는 환상 중에 북쪽에서 폭풍을 몰고 오는 큰 구름을 보았다. 그 속에서 불이 번쩍번쩍하고 주위에는 찬란한 빛이 비치고 있었으며 그 불 가운데는 벌겋게 달아오른 쇠 같은 것이 보였다.

그리고 그 속에 네 생물 같은 형체가 나타나 있었다. 그 모양은 사람 같으면서도

각각 네 얼굴과 네 날개를 갖고 있었고

다리는 곧고 발은 송아지 발처럼 굽이 갈라졌으며 다리 전체가 반질반질 잘 닦은 구리처럼 빛나고 있었다.

또 그 생물들은 각각 네 개의 얼굴과 네 개의 날개 외에도 네 개의 손을 가지고 있었는데 그 손은 사면의 날개 아래에 하나씩 달려 있었다.

그리고 그들의 네 날개는 다 하나로 연결되어 있었으며 그들이 움직일 때는 돌지 않고 곧장 앞으로 나아갔다.

10 각 생물들은 모양이 다른 네 개의 얼굴을 가지고 있었으며 모두 앞은 사람의 얼굴이었고 우측은 사자의 얼굴, 좌측은 소의 얼굴, 뒤는 독수리의 얼굴이었다.

11 그리고 그 생물의 두 날개는 위로 펴져서 그 끝이 서로 연결되어 있었고 나머지 두 날개는 몸을 가리고 있었다.

12 각 생물들은 [c]사방으로 향하고 있어서 전체가 움직일 때는 돌지 않고 가고 싶은 대로 곧장 갔다.

13 그리고 그 생물들 사이에는 타오르는 숯불 같기도 하고 횃불 같기도 한 것이 이리저리 계속 움직이고 있었는데 그 불은 아주 밝고 그 속에서는 번개가 치며

14 그 생물들은 번개처럼 이리저리 빠르게 움직이고 있었다.

15 내가 그 생물들을 보니 생물들 곁에 네 개의 바퀴가 지면에 닿아 있었는데 그것은 각 생물 곁에 하나씩 있었다.

16 그 바퀴들은 보석처럼 빛나고 있었고 그 모양과 구조는 다 똑같았으며 바퀴 안에 바퀴가 들어 있는 것 같았다.

17 그것이 움직일 때에는 아무 방향이라도 원하는 대로 돌지 않고 곧장 갔으며

18 바퀴 둘레는 높고 무섭게 생겼고 돌아가면서 눈이 가득하였다.

19 그 생물들이 움직일 때 곁에 있는 바퀴도 움직이고 그 생물들이 땅에서 들릴 때 바퀴도 따라서 들렸다.

20 그 생물들은 어디든지 자기들이 원하는 곳으로 갔으며 그 생물들이 움직일 때에는 바퀴도 따라서 들렸다. [d]이것은 생물들이 그 바퀴를 조종하기 때문이었다.

21 그래서 그 생물들이 움직이거나 멈추거나 들릴 때마다 바퀴도 꼭 그대로 되었다.

22 그 생물들의 머리 위에는 수정처럼 반짝거리는 둥근 반구 같은 것이 펼쳐져 있었으며 그것은 아주 무섭게 보였다.

23 그 반구 아래에는 생물들이 두 날개를 서로를 향해 펴고 다른 두 날개로 그들의 몸을 가리고 있었다.

24 그 생물들이 움직일 때 내가 날개에서 나는 소리를 들으니 [e]폭포 소리와도 같고 전능하신 분의 음성과도 같으며 큰 군대의 함성과도 같았다. 그 생물들이 설 때에는 날개를 아래로 내렸다.

25 그러나 생물들이 멈출 때마다 그 생물들의 머리 위에 있는 반구 모양의 형체 위에서 계속 소리가 났다.

26 그 반구 위에는 청옥으로 만든 보좌 같은 것이 있고 보좌 위에는 사람 같은 형체가 있었으며

27 허리 상반신은 벌겋게 달아오른 쇠 같아서 전체가 불덩어리처럼 보였고 허리 하반신도 불 같아서 사방으로 찬란한 광채가 나고 있었다.

28 그리고 그 주위에는 비 오는 날 구름 속의 무지개처럼 빛나는 광채가 있었는데 이것은 여호와께서 나타나신 것을 보여 주는 영광의 광채였다. 나는 그것을 보고 엎드려 나에게 말씀하시는 분의 음성을 듣게 되었다.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 원문에는 ‘30년 4월 5일에’
  2. 1:3 또는 ‘여호와의 권능이 내 위에 있으니라’
  3. 1:12 암시됨.
  4. 1:20 또는 ‘이는 생물의 신이 그 바퀴 가운데 있음이라’
  5. 1:24 또는 ‘많은 물소리’