Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

Ezekieli 1

Zolengedwa za Moyo ndi Ulemerero wa Yehova

1Tsiku lachisanu la mwezi wachinayi, chaka cha makumi atatu, ine ndinali pakati pa amʼndende mʼmbali mwa mtsinje wa Kebara. Tsono kumwamba kunatsekuka ndipo ndinaona maonekedwe a Mulungu mʼmasomphenya.

Pa tsiku lachisanu la mwezi, chaka chachisanu Yehoyakini ali mʼndende, Yehova anayankhula ndi wansembe Ezekieli, mwana wa Buzi, mʼmbali mwa mtsinje wa Kebara mʼdziko la Ababuloni. Dzanja la Yehova linali pa iye kumeneko.

Ndinayangʼana ndipo ndinangoona mphepo yamkuntho ikubwera kuchokera kumpoto. Panali mtambo waukulu wozunguliridwa ndi kuwala ndipo moto unali lawilawi kuchokera mu mtambowo. Pakati pa motowo pankaoneka ngati mkuwa wonyezimira. Mʼkatikati mwa motowo munali zinthu zinayi zamaonekedwe a nyama. Thupi lawo limaoneka ngati la munthu koma chilichonse chinali ndi nkhope zinayi ndiponso mapiko anayi. Miyendo yake inali yowongoka; mapazi ake anali a ziboda ngati phazi la mwana wangʼombe. Ndipo zibodazo zinkawala ngati mkuwa wonyezimira. Mʼmunsi mwa mapiko awo kumbali zonse zinayi, nyamazo zinali ndi manja a munthu. Zonse zinayi zinali ndi nkhope ndi mapiko, ndipo mapiko awowo anakhudzana. Chilichonse chimapita molunjika kutsogolo; sizimatembenuka pamene zimayenda.

10 Nkhope zawo zimaoneka motere: Chilichonse chinali ndi nkhope ya munthu, ndipo mbali ya kumanja chilichonse chinali ndi nkhope zinayi zosiyana motere: nkhope ya munthu, nkhope ya mkango ku dzanja lamanja, nkhope ya ngʼombe ku dzanja lamanzere, ndipo kumbuyo kwake nkhope ya chiwombankhanga. 11 Ndi mʼmene zinalili nkhope zawo. Mapiko awo anali otambasukira mmwamba. Chamoyo chilichonse chinali ndi mapiko awiri okhudzana ndi mapiko a chinzake. Chinalinso ndi mapiko ena awiri ophimbira thupi lake. 12 Zamoyozo zinkayenda molunjika kutsogolo. Kulikonse kumene mzimu umazitsogolera kupita, nazonso zimapita kumeneko, osatembenuka pamene zikupita. 13 Pakati pa zamayozo panali chinthu chooneka ngati makala oyaka kapena miyuni yoyaka. Moto umayendayenda pakati pa zamayozo; wowala kwambiri, ndipo mphenzi zimatuluka pakati pawo. 14 Zamoyozo zinkathamanga uku ndi uko ngati kungʼanima kwa mphenzi.

15 Pamene ndinali kuyangʼana zamoyozo, ndinangoona mikombero ndipo pansi pambali pa chamoyo chilichonse panali mkombero umodzi. 16 Maonekedwe a mikomberoyo anali ngati mwala wonyezimira. Mikombero yonse inali yofanana ndipo mapangidwe awo anali ngati wongolowanalowana. 17 Mikombero ija poyenda inkatha kupita mbali iliyonse yomwe zamoyozo zinayangʼana popanda kutembenuka. 18 Marimu a mikomberoyo anali aatali ndi ochititsa mantha ndipo marimu onse anayi anali ndi maso ponseponse.

19 Zamoyozo zinkati zikamayenda, mikomberoyo imayendanso mʼmbali mwake; ndipo zamoyozo zinkati zikamakwera mmwamba, mikomberoyo imakweranso. 20 Kulikonse kumene mzimu wake unkazitsogolera, zamoyozo zinkapita komweko. Ndipo mikombero ija inkapita nawo pamodzi popeza kuti mzimu wa zamoyozo ndiwo umayendetsa mikombero ija. 21 Zamoyo zija zinkati zikamayenda mikombero imayendanso. Zamoyozo zimati zikayima, nayonso mikombero inkayima. Zamoyozo zinkati zikawuluka, mikomberonso imawuluka nazo pamodzi chifukwa mzimu wa zamoyo zija ndiwo umayendetsa mikombero ija.

22 Pamwamba pa mitu ya zamoyozo panali chinthu chonga thambo, lowala ndipo kunyezimira kwake ngati galasi loyangʼanitsa ku dzuwa, loyalidwa pamwamba pa mitu yake. 23 Zamoyozo zinatambalitsa mapiko ake mʼmunsi mwa thambo lija, mapiko ake ena kumakhudzana, mapiko awiri kumaphimba thupi lake. 24 Pamene zamoyo zimayenda ndimamva phokoso la mapiko ake, ngati mkokomo wa madzi ambiri, ngati liwu la Wamphamvuzonse, ngati phokoso la gulu lankhondo. Zimati zikayima zinkagwetsa mapiko ake.

25 Ndipo panamveka mawu kuchokera pamwamba pa thambo la pa mitu ya zamoyo zija. Nthawi iyi nʼkuti zamoyozo zitayima ndi kugwetsa pansi mapiko ake. 26 Pamwamba pa thambo la pa mitu yake panali chinthu chimene chimaoneka ngati mpando waufumu wopangidwa ndi mwala wa safiro, ndipo pamwamba pa mpando waufumuwo panali chinthu chooneka ngati munthu. 27 Ndinaona kuti mmwamba mwa chiwuno chake munali ngati chitsulo chowala konsekonse ngati moto. Mʼmunsi mwa chiwuno chake munalinso ngati moto wokhawokha. Kuwala kwa mphamvu kunamuzungulira munthuyo. 28 Kuwalako kunali ndi maonekedwe a utawaleza mʼmitambo tsiku limene kwagwa mvula.

Umu ndi mmene ulemerero wa Yehova umaonekera. Pamene ndinawuona ndinagwa pansi ndipo ndinamva mawu akundiyankhula.

The Message

Ezekiel 1

Wheels Within Wheels, Like a Gyroscope

1When I was thirty years of age, I was living with the exiles on the Kebar River. On the fifth day of the fourth month, the sky opened up and I saw visions of God.

2-3 (It was the fifth day of the month in the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin that God’s Word came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, on the banks of the Kebar River in the country of Babylon. God’s hand came upon him that day.)

4-9 I looked: I saw an immense dust storm come from the north, an immense cloud with lightning flashing from it, a huge ball of fire glowing like bronze. Within the fire were what looked like four creatures vibrant with life. Each had the form of a human being, but each also had four faces and four wings. Their legs were as sturdy and straight as columns, but their feet were hoofed like those of a calf and sparkled from the fire like burnished bronze. On all four sides under their wings they had human hands. All four had both faces and wings, with the wings touching one another. They turned neither one way nor the other; they went straight forward.

10-12 Their faces looked like this: In front a human face, on the right side the face of a lion, on the left the face of an ox, and in back the face of an eagle. So much for the faces. The wings were spread out with the tips of one pair touching the creature on either side; the other pair of wings covered its body. Each creature went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit went, they went. They didn’t turn as they went.

13-14 The four creatures looked like a blazing fire, or like fiery torches. Tongues of fire shot back and forth between the creatures, and out of the fire, bolts of lightning. The creatures flashed back and forth like strikes of lightning.

15-16 As I watched the four creatures, I saw something that looked like a wheel on the ground beside each of the four-faced creatures. This is what the wheels looked like: They were identical wheels, sparkling like diamonds in the sun. It looked like they were wheels within wheels, like a gyroscope.

17-21 They went in any one of the four directions they faced, but straight, not veering off. The rims were immense, circled with eyes. When the living creatures went, the wheels went; when the living creatures lifted off, the wheels lifted off. Wherever the spirit went, they went, the wheels sticking right with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When the creatures went, the wheels went; when the creatures stopped, the wheels stopped; when the creatures lifted off, the wheels lifted off, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

22-24 Over the heads of the living creatures was something like a dome, shimmering like a sky full of cut glass, vaulted over their heads. Under the dome one set of wings was extended toward the others, with another set of wings covering their bodies. When they moved I heard their wings—it was like the roar of a great waterfall, like the voice of The Strong God, like the noise of a battlefield. When they stopped, they folded their wings.

25-28 And then, as they stood with folded wings, there was a voice from above the dome over their heads. Above the dome there was something that looked like a throne, sky-blue like a sapphire, with a humanlike figure towering above the throne. From what I could see, from the waist up he looked like burnished bronze and from the waist down like a blazing fire. Brightness everywhere! The way a rainbow springs out of the sky on a rainy day—that’s what it was like. It turned out to be the Glory of God!

When I saw all this, I fell to my knees, my face to the ground. Then I heard a voice.