New American Standard Bible

Ezekiel 1

The Vision of Four Figures

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

As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire. Within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form. Each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight and [c]their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides were 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 As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man; [d]all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and [e]all four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and two 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 [f]In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, [g]like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was [h]flashing from the fire. 14 And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

15 Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, [i]for each of the four of them. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like [j]sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if [k]one wheel were within another. 17 Whenever they [l]moved, they [m]moved in any of their four [n]directions without turning as they [o]moved. 18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about. 19 Whenever the living beings [p]moved, the wheels [q]moved with them. And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. 20 Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction[r]. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living [s]beings was in the wheels. 21 Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living [t]beings was in the wheels.

Vision of Divine Glory

22 Now over the heads of the living [u]beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of [v]crystal, spread out over their heads. 23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had two wings covering its body on the one side and on the other. 24 I also heard the sound of their wings like the sound of abundant waters as they went, like the voice of [w]the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings. 25 And there came a voice from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.

26 Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like [x]lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. 27 Then I [y]noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like [z]glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. 28 As the appearance of the rainbow [aa]in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.

Notas al pie

  1. Ezekiel 1:1 Some ancient mss and versions read a vision
  2. Ezekiel 1:2 Lit it was
  3. Ezekiel 1:7 Lit the soles of their feet
  4. Ezekiel 1:10 Lit the four of them
  5. Ezekiel 1:10 Lit the four of them
  6. Ezekiel 1:13 So with some ancient versions; Heb as the likeness of the living beings
  7. Ezekiel 1:13 Lit like the appearance of
  8. Ezekiel 1:13 Lit coming out
  9. Ezekiel 1:15 Lit for his four faces
  10. Ezekiel 1:16 Lit the look of beryl
  11. Ezekiel 1:16 Lit the wheel in the midst of the wheel
  12. Ezekiel 1:17 Lit went
  13. Ezekiel 1:17 Lit went
  14. Ezekiel 1:17 Lit sides
  15. Ezekiel 1:17 Lit went
  16. Ezekiel 1:19 Lit went
  17. Ezekiel 1:19 Lit went
  18. Ezekiel 1:20 M.T. adds the spirit to go
  19. Ezekiel 1:20 M.T. reads being
  20. Ezekiel 1:21 M.T. reads being
  21. Ezekiel 1:22 So some ancient mss and versions; M.T. reads being
  22. Ezekiel 1:22 Or ice
  23. Ezekiel 1:24 Heb Shaddai
  24. Ezekiel 1:26 Heb eben-sappir
  25. Ezekiel 1:27 Lit saw
  26. Ezekiel 1:27 Or electrum
  27. Ezekiel 1:28 Lit which occurs in

O Livro

Ezequiel 1

O aparecimento das criaturas e a glória do Senhor

1Eu, o sacerdote Ezequiel, filho de Buzi, vivia no meio dos judeus exilados nas proximidades do rio Quebar na Babilónia. No quinto dia do quarto mês[a] do meu trigésimo ano, abriram-se os céus de repente, perante mim, e tive visões da parte de Deus.

Era o quinto ano do cativeiro do rei Jeconias, no exílio babilónico, quando veio a palavra do Senhor, dirigida pessoalmente a mim, Ezequiel, filho de Buzi, na terra dos caldeus, e a sua mão esteve sobre mim.

Houve um forte vento tempestuoso vindo do norte, empurrando uma nuvem enorme que ardia em fogo e que espalhava à sua volta uma luminosidade intensa; no meio havia algo que brilhava como bronze brilhante. Então, do centro da nuvem, saíram quatro criaturas que se pareciam com seres humanos, mas que tinham quatro rostos cada um e ainda dois pares de asas! Tinham pernas direitas, mas pés com cascos de bezerro que brilhavam como bronze polido. Debaixo das asas pude ver-lhes mãos humanas; os quatro tinham rostos e asas assim dispostas: estavam juntas, asa com asa, e voavam em frente, em linha reta, sem desvios.

10 Para a frente do corpo tinham um rosto humano, para o lado direito da cabeça, um rosto de leão, para o lado esquerdo, um rosto de boi, e para trás, de águia. 11 Os dois pares de asas saíam-lhes do meio das costas. Um par estendia-se até às asas da criatura que estava a seu lado e o outro par cobria-lhes o corpo. 12 Cada um caminhava em frente; para onde quer que o Espírito se movia eles também iam e não se viravam quando se movimentavam. 13 Entre eles havia outras formas que se deslocavam para cima e para baixo e que pareciam como relâmpagos ou como algo que ardesse intensamente. 14 Um fogo movia-se entre esses seres, e brilhava intensamente, expelindo relâmpagos.

15 Enquanto olhava para isto tudo, vi ainda quatro rodas no chão, debaixo das criaturas; uma roda sob cada uma. 16 As rodas tinham a cor de um topázio, todas iguais, e cada uma delas tinha outra, na parte interior, atravessada. 17 Podiam assim rodar para a frente e para os lados sem se virarem. 18 As quatro rodas tinham aros e raios; os aros estavam cheios de olhos em toda a volta.

19 Quando os quatro seres viventes se deslocavam para a frente, as rodas seguiam-nos; se se elevavam, as rodas também se levantavam; se paravam, também as rodas. 20 Porque o espírito das criaturas estava também nas rodas. 21 Por isso, para onde quer que o seu espírito fosse, tanto as rodas como os seres seguiam-no.

22 Por cima das suas cabeças havia algo semelhante ao firmamento, que reluzia como cristal, estendido por cima deles. 23 As asas de cada um dos seres estendiam-se direitas, até tocaram nas do outro ao lado; com o outro par de asas cobriam o corpo. 24 Quando se deslocavam, as asas, ao baterem, faziam um ruído semelhante ao das vagas, rebentando na praia, ou à voz do Todo-Poderoso, ou ainda parecido com o tumulto de um grande exército. Quando paravam, baixavam as asas.

25 E ouvia-se uma voz do firmamento de cristal por cima deles. 26 Por cima desse firmamento estava algo semelhante a um trono, feito de belas pedras de safira azuis, e nele estava sentado alguém que parecia ser um homem. 27 Da cintura para cima, parecia ser de bronze brilhante, luzindo como fogo; para baixo, dava a impressão de ser todo ele uma chama. 28 Havia um resplendor em volta dele como um arco nas nuvens num dia de aguaceiros.

Foi assim que me apareceu a glória do Senhor. Quando vi aquilo, caí com o rosto em terra e ouvi a voz de alguém que me falava.

Notas al pie

  1. 1.1 Mês de Tamuz. Entre a lua nova do mês de junho e o mês de julho.