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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.

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Ezequiel 1:1-28

Os Seres Viventes e a Glória do Senhor

1Era o quinto dia do quarto mês do trigésimo ano1.1 Ou do meu trigésimo ano, e eu estava entre os exilados, junto ao rio Quebar. Abriram-se os céus, e eu tive visões de Deus.

2Foi no quinto ano do exílio do rei Joaquim, no quinto dia do quarto mês. 3A palavra do Senhor veio ao sacerdote Ezequiel, filho de Buzi,1.3 Ou veio a Ezequiel, filho do sacerdote Buzi, junto ao rio Quebar, na terra dos caldeus. Ali a mão do Senhor esteve sobre ele.

4Olhei e vi uma tempestade que vinha do norte: uma nuvem imensa, com relâmpagos e faíscas, cercada por uma luz brilhante. O centro do fogo parecia metal reluzente, 5e no meio do fogo havia quatro vultos que pareciam seres viventes. Na aparência tinham forma de homem, 6mas cada um deles tinha quatro rostos e quatro asas. 7Suas pernas eram retas; seus pés eram como os de um bezerro e reluziam como bronze polido. 8Debaixo de suas asas, nos quatro lados, eles tinham mãos humanas. Os quatro tinham rostos e asas, 9e as suas asas encostavam umas nas outras. Quando se moviam, andavam para a frente e não se viravam.

10Quanto à aparência dos seus rostos, os quatro tinham rosto de homem, rosto de leão no lado direito, rosto de boi no lado esquerdo e rosto de águia. 11Assim eram os seus rostos. Suas asas estavam estendidas para cima; cada um deles tinha duas asas que se encostavam na de outro ser vivente, de um lado e do outro, e duas asas que cobriam os seus corpos. 12Cada um deles ia sempre para a frente. Para onde quer que fosse o Espírito, eles iam e não se viravam quando se moviam. 13Os seres viventes pareciam carvão aceso; eram como tochas. O fogo ia de um lado a outro entre os seres viventes, e do fogo saíam relâmpagos e faíscas. 14Os seres viventes iam e vinham como relâmpagos.

15Enquanto eu olhava para eles, vi uma roda ao lado de cada um deles, diante dos seus quatro rostos. 16Esta era a aparência das rodas e a sua estrutura: reluziam como o berilo; as quatro tinham aparência semelhante. Cada roda parecia estar entrosada na outra. 17Quando se moviam, seguiam nas quatro direções dos quatro rostos e não se viravam1.17 Ou não viravam para o lado enquanto iam. 18Seus aros eram altos e impressionantes e estavam cheios de olhos ao redor.

19Quando os seres viventes se moviam, as rodas ao seu lado se moviam; quando se elevavam do chão, as rodas também se elevavam. 20Para onde quer que o Espírito fosse, os seres viventes iam, e as rodas os seguiam, porque o mesmo Espírito estava nelas. 21Quando os seres viventes se moviam, elas também se moviam; quando eles ficavam imóveis, elas também ficavam; e, quando os seres viventes se elevavam do chão, as rodas também se elevavam com eles, porque o mesmo Espírito deles estava nelas.

22Acima das cabeças dos seres viventes estava o que parecia uma abóbada, reluzente como gelo, e impressionante. 23Debaixo dela cada ser vivente estendia duas asas ao que lhe estava mais próximo e com as outras duas asas cobria o corpo. 24Ouvi o ruído de suas asas quando voavam. Parecia o ruído de muitas águas, parecia a voz do Todo-poderoso. Era um ruído estrondoso, como o de um exército. Quando paravam, fechavam as asas.

25Então veio uma voz de cima da abóbada sobre as suas cabeças, enquanto eles ficavam de asas fechadas. 26Acima da abóbada sobre as suas cabeças havia o que parecia um trono de safira e, bem no alto—sobre o trono—havia uma figura que parecia um homem. 27Vi que a parte de cima do que parecia ser a cintura dele parecia metal brilhante, como se estivesse cheia de fogo, e a parte de baixo parecia fogo; e uma luz brilhante o cercava. 28Tal como a aparência do arco-íris nas nuvens de um dia chuvoso, assim era o resplendor ao seu redor.

Essa era a aparência da figura da glória do Senhor. Quando a vi, prostrei-me com o rosto em terra e ouvi a voz de alguém falando.