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Hesekiel 1:1-28

Ateasefoɔ No Ne Awurade Animuonyam

1Afe a ɛtɔ so aduasa no, bosome a ɛtɔ so ɛnan no ɛda a ɛtɔ so enum, ɛberɛ a na me ka atukɔfoɔ ho wɔ Asubɔnten Kebar ho no, ɔsoro bueɛ na mehunuu Onyankopɔn wɔ anisoadehunu mu.

2Ɔbosome no ɛda a ɛtɔ so enum no, na ɔhene Yehoiakin adi atukorɔ mu mfeɛ enum. 3Awurade asɛm baa Busi babarima Hesekiel a ɔyɛ ɔsɔfoɔ nkyɛn wɔ Asubɔnten Kebar ho wɔ Babilonia asase so. Ɛhɔ na Onyankopɔn nsa baa ne so.

4Mehwɛeɛ na mehunuu sɛ ahum kɛseɛ bi firi atifi fam reba, omununkum kɛseɛ bi a ɛrete ayerɛmo na hann bi a ano yɛ den atwa ho ahyia. Ogya no mfimfini te sɛ dadeɛ a asɔ kɔɔ. 5Na ogya no mu na na wɔhunu biribi te sɛ ateasefoɔ ɛnan. Na wɔn su te sɛ onipa, 6wɔn mu biara anim yɛ ɛnan na wɔwowɔ ntaban ɛnan ɛnan. 7Wɔn nan yɛ kyirebenn, wɔn anammɔn te sɛ nantwie ba deɛ, na ɛhyerɛn te sɛ kɔbere mfrafraeɛ a wɔahoa ho. 8Wɔwowɔ nnipa nsa wɔ ntaban a ɛwowɔ afa afa ɛnan no ase. Wɔn mu biara wɔ nnipa nsa ɛnan a baako wɔ ntaban biara ase, 9na wɔn ntaban keka sisi anim. Wɔn nyinaa kɔ wɔn anim tee a wɔnnanedane wɔn ho.

10Na sei na wɔn anim teteɛ: Wɔn mu biara wɔ onipa anim, wɔwɔ gyata anim wɔ nifa so, wɔwɔ nantwie anim wɔ benkum so; na wɔn mu biara nso wɔ ɔkɔdeɛ anim. 11Saa na na wɔn anim teteɛ. Wɔatrɛtrɛ wɔn ntaban mu kɔ ɔsoro; na wɔn mu biara wɔ ntaban mmienu mmienu, a emu biara si ɔfoforɔ deɛ anim wɔ benkum ne nifa, na ntaban mmienu nso katakata wɔn ho. 12Obiara kɔ nʼanim tee. Baabiara a honhom no bɛkɔ no, ɛhɔ na wɔbɛkɔ a wɔnnane wɔn ho. 13Ateasefoɔ no suban te sɛ ogyasramma a ɛrederɛ anaa ogyatɛn. Ogya di akɔneaba wɔ ateasefoɔ no mu; ɛhyerɛn na emu na anyinam firi dwidwa. 14Na ateasefoɔ no di akɔneaba mmirika so te sɛ anyinam a ɛredwidwa.

15Ɛberɛ a merehwɛ ateasefoɔ no, mehunuu sɛ ntwahonan si fam wɔ ateasefoɔ a wɔn mu biara anim yɛ ɛnan no nkyɛn mu. 16Sei na na ntwahonan no bɔberɛ teɛ: ɛtwa yerɛ yerɛ te sɛ sikabereɛboɔ, na ɛnan no nyinaa sesɛ. Wɔayɛ emu biara te sɛ ntwahonan a ɛbea ntwahonan foforɔ mu. 17Sɛ ntwahonan no nam a, wɔkɔ faako a ateasefoɔ no ani kyerɛ; ntwahonan no, ɛnnanedane ɛberɛ a ateasefoɔ no nam. 18Wɔn nhankra no korɔn, na ɛyɛ nwanwa, na aniwa tuatua nhankra ɛnan no nyinaa ho.

19Sɛ ateasefoɔ no nante a, ntwahonan a ɛbatabata wɔn ho no nso kɔ saa ara; sɛ ateasefoɔ no ma wɔn ho so firi fam a, ntwahonan no nso ma wɔn ho so. 20Baabiara a honhom no bɛkɔ no, ateasefoɔ no nso bɛkɔ, na ntwahonan no bɛka wɔn ho ama wɔn ho so, ɛfiri sɛ ateasefoɔ no honhom wɔ ntwahonan no mu. 21Sɛ ateasefoɔ no tu tene a, ntwahonan no nso kɔ saa ara; sɛ ateasefoɔ no gyina a, wɔn nso gyina; sɛ ateasefoɔ no pagya wɔn ho a, ntwahonan no ne wɔn pagya wɔn ho, ɛfiri sɛ ateasefoɔ no honhom wɔ ntwahonan no mu.

22Na ntrɛmu bi wɔ ateasefoɔ no atifi a ɛpa yerɛyerɛ te sɛ nsukyeneeɛ, na ɛyɛ nwanwa. 23Na wɔatrɛtrɛ wɔn ntaban no mu asisi anim wɔ ntrɛmu no ase, na ateasefoɔ no mu biara wɔ ntaban mmienu a ɛkata ne ho. 24Ateasefoɔ no tu teneeɛ no, metee wɔn ntaban no nnyegyeɛ, a ɛte sɛ nsuo a ɛreworo so, te sɛ Otumfoɔ no nne, anaa akodɔm hooyɛ. Sɛ wɔgyina a, wɔgyaagyaa wɔn ntaban mu.

25Na ɛnne bi firi ntrɛmu a ɛkata wɔn so no atifi baeɛ, ɛberɛ a wɔagyaagyaa wɔn ntaban mu na wɔgyinagyina hɔ no. 26Na biribi a ɛte sɛ aboɔdemmoɔ ahennwa wɔ ntrɛmu a ɛkata ateasefoɔ no atifi so, na biribi a ɛte sɛ onipa te ahennwa so wɔ soro hɔ. 27Mehunuu sɛ, ɛfiri deɛ ayɛ sɛ nʼasene mu rekɔ ne soro no, na ɔte sɛ dadeɛ a adɔ kɔɔ sɛ ogya a ano asɔ, na ɛfiri hɔ reba ne fam no, na ɔte sɛ egyadɛreɛ; na hann a ɛhyerɛn atwa ne ho ahyia. 28Sɛdeɛ nyankontɔn to wɔ omununkum mu osutɔ ɛda no, saa ara na hann a atwa ne ho ahyia no teɛ.

Yei yɛ Awurade animuonyam ahoyie no sɛso. Na mehunuuɛ no, me de mʼanim butuu fam, na metee obi a ɔrekasa nne.

New International Reader's Version

Ezekiel 1:1-28

The Lord Gives Ezekiel Visions of His Glory

1I was 30 years old. I was with my people. We had been taken away from our country. We were by the Kebar River in the land of Babylon. On the fifth day of the fourth month, the heavens were opened. I saw visions of God.

2It was the fifth day of the month. Jehoiachin had been king of Judah. It was the fifth year since he had been brought to Babylon as a prisoner. 3A message from the Lord came to me. I was by the Kebar River in Babylon. The power of the Lord came on me there. I am Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi.

4I looked up and saw a windstorm coming from the north. I saw a huge cloud. The fire of lightning was flashing out of it. Bright light surrounded it. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal. 5I saw in the fire something that looked like four living creatures. They appeared to have the shape of a human being. 6But each of them had four faces and four wings. 7Their legs were straight. Their feet looked like the feet of a calf. They were as bright as polished bronze. 8The creatures had human hands under their wings on their four sides. All four of them had faces and wings. 9The wings of one touched the wings of another. Each of the creatures went straight ahead. They didn’t change their direction as they moved.

10Here’s what their faces looked like. Each of the four creatures had the face of a human being. On the right side each had the face of a lion. On the left each had the face of an ox. Each one also had an eagle’s face. 11That’s what their faces looked like. They each had two wings that spread out and lifted up. Each wing touched the wing of another creature on either side. They each had two other wings that covered their bodies. 12All the creatures went straight ahead. Anywhere their spirits would lead them to go, they would go. They didn’t change their direction as they went. 13The living creatures looked like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures. It was bright. Lightning flashed out of it. 14The creatures raced back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15As I looked at the living creatures, I saw wheels on the ground beside them. Each creature had four faces. 16Here’s how the wheels looked and worked. They gleamed like topaz. All four of them looked alike. Each one seemed to be made like a wheel inside another wheel at right angles. 17The wheels could go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced. The wheels didn’t change their direction as the creatures moved. 18Their rims were high and terrifying. All four rims were full of eyes all the way around them.

19When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved. When the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20Anywhere their spirits would lead them to go, they would go. And the wheels would rise along with them. That’s because the spirits of the living creatures were in the wheels. 21When the living creatures moved, the wheels also moved. When the creatures stood still, they also stood still. When the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them. That’s because the spirits of the living creatures were in the wheels.

22Something that looked like a huge space was spread out above the heads of the living creatures. It gleamed like crystal. It was terrifying. 23The wings of the creatures were spread out under the space. They reached out toward one another. Each creature had two wings covering its body. 24When the living creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings. It was like the roar of rushing waters. It sounded like the thundering voice of the Mighty God. It was like the loud noise an army makes. When the creatures stood still, they lowered their wings.

25Then a voice came from above the huge space over their heads. They stood with their wings lowered. 26Above the space over their heads was something that looked like a throne made out of lapis lazuli. On the throne high above was a figure that appeared to be a man. 27From his waist up he looked like glowing metal that was full of fire. From his waist down he looked like fire. Bright light surrounded him. 28The glow around him looked like a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day.

That’s what the glory of the Lord looked like. When I saw it, I fell with my face toward the ground. Then I heard the voice of someone speaking.