New International Reader's Version

Ezekiel 1

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.

It 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. A 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.

I 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. I saw in the fire something that looked like four living creatures. They appeared to have the shape of a human being. But each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight. Their feet looked like the feet of a calf. They were as bright as polished bronze. The creatures had human hands under their wings on their four sides. All four of them had faces and wings. The wings of one touched the wings of another. Each of the creatures went straight ahead. They didn’t change their direction as they moved.

10 Here’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. 11 That’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. 12 All 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. 13 The 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. 14 The creatures raced back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw wheels on the ground beside them. Each creature had four faces. 16 Here’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. 17 The wheels could go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced. The wheels didn’t change their direction as the creatures moved. 18 Their rims were high and terrifying. All four rims were full of eyes all the way around them.

19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved. When the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20 Anywhere 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. 21 When 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.

22 Something that looked like a huge space was spread out above the heads of the living creatures. It gleamed like crystal. It was terrifying. 23 The wings of the creatures were spread out under the space. They reached out toward one another. Each creature had two wings covering its body. 24 When 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.

25 Then a voice came from above the huge space over their heads. They stood with their wings lowered. 26 Above 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. 27 From 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. 28 The 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.

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.