1Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.1.1 captives: Heb. captivity 2In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity, 3The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.1.3 Ezekiel: Heb. Jehezkel
4¶ And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.1.4 infolding…: Heb. catching itself 5Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 6And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.1.7 straight…: Heb. a straight foot 8And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. 10As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 11Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.1.11 stretched…: or, divided above 12And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. 13As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
15¶ Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 16The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. 18As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.1.18 and their rings: or, and their strakes 19And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 20Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.1.20 of…: or, of life 21When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.1.21 of…: or, of life 22And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. 23And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 24And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings. 25And 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 likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. 27And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
Guds herlighed åbenbares for profeten i et syn
1-3Mit navn er Ezekiel, søn af Buzi, og jeg tilhører præsteslægten. Da jeg var 30 år gammel,1,1-3 Ordret: „i det 30. år”, meningen er omstridt. viste Herren mig en række syner. Det begyndte på den femte dag i årets fjerde måned, og det var fem år efter, at kong Jojakin, en stor del af folket og jeg selv var ført i eksil. Jeg opholdt mig ved Kebarfloden i Babylonien, hvor jeg boede blandt de bortførte judæere. Pludselig kom Guds kraft over mig. Det var, som om himlen åbnedes, og jeg så de utroligste ting.
4Først hørte jeg en voldsom vind komme fra nord. Den drev en stor sky foran sig, og ud fra skyen stod der flammer, som oplyste alt omkring den, og i centrum af flammerne var der noget, der så ud som glødende metal.
5-8Midt i skyen var der fire levende væsener, der lignede mennesker, bortset fra, at hver af dem havde fire ansigter, fire arme og fire vinger. Deres ben skinnede som bronze og lignede menneskeben, men deres fødder lignede mest fødderne på en kalv. Armene sad neden under vingerne, en arm under hver vinge.
9-11Hver af dem havde et menneskeansigt, der vendte fremad, et løveansigt, der vendte mod højre, et okseansigt mod venstre, og et ørneansigt, der vendte bagud. De fire vinger sad i par, og det ene par vinger var spredt ud, så de fire væsener rørte ved hinanden med vingespidserne, mens det andet vingepar var foldet sammen ind til kroppen. De kunne bevæge sig i alle retninger uden at vende sig, 12så dér, hvor ånden i dem ønskede, at de skulle hen, bevægede de sig af sted uden at vende sig.
13-14De levende væsener udsendte et kraftigt lys som glødende kul eller brændende fakler, og de hoppede hurtigt frem og tilbage, så det så ud som lyn, der glimtede imellem dem.
15Mens jeg iagttog de levende væsener, opdagede jeg fire hjul på jorden under dem, ét hjul under hvert af de fire væsener. 16Hjulene var alle ens og skinnede som ædelsten. Hjulene var lavet sådan, at der sad et andet hjul på tværs inden i dem, 17så de kunne bevæge sig i alle fire retninger uden at dreje. 18De fire hjul havde fælge og eger, og på kanten af fælgene sad der øjne hele vejen rundt.
19-21Når de fire levende væsener bevægede sig fremad, bevægede hjulene sig fremad sammen med dem. Når de bevægede sig opad, bevægede hjulene sig også opad, og når de standsede, standsede hjulene også. Hvor som helst de bevægede sig hen, fulgte hjulene med, for deres ånd var i hjulene.
22Over de levende væsener var der udspændt noget ligesom en hvælving, der glimtede som krystal. 23Og under hvælvingen stod så væsenerne med det ene par vinger spredt ud, så de rørte hinanden, og det andet par vinger foldet ind til kroppen. 24-25Når de bevægede sig, lød vingesuset som drønet fra et vældigt vandfald, som den almægtige Guds stemme eller som lyden af en fremstormende hær. Når de standsede, sænkede de vingerne, og der lød en tordnende røst fra krystalhvælvingen oven over dem.
26Oven over hvælvingen var der noget, der lignede en trone af safir, og på tronen sad der en skikkelse, som lignede et menneske. 27Det øverste af ham, fra hofterne og opefter, så ud som glødende metal, mens den nederste del, fra hofterne og nedefter, så ud som flammende ild. Rundt om ham var der en strålende krans. 28Lyset omkring ham var som regnbuens glans, når den viser sig på himlen en regnvejrsdag. Jeg var klar over, at det var Herrens herlighed, der strålede omkring mig. Da jeg så det, kastede jeg mig ned med ansigtet mod jorden. Derpå hørte jeg en stemme, som talte til mig.