Unang Pangitain ni Ezekiel
1-3Ako si Ezekiel, isang pari at anak ni Buzi. Isa rin ako sa mga bihag na dinala sa Babilonia. Nakatira ako noon sa pampang ng Ilog ng Kebar kasama ang iba pang mga bihag nang biglang bumukas ang langit. Pinuspos ako ng kapangyarihan ng Panginoon at ipinakita niya sa akin ang mga pangitain. Nangyari ito noong ikalimang araw ng ikaapat na buwan nang ika-30 taon. Ikalimang taon ito nang pagkakabihag ni Haring Jehoyakin.
4Habang nakatingin ako, may nakita akong bagyong paparating mula sa hilaga. Kumikidlat mula sa makapal na ulap kaya nagliliwanag ang paligid. Parang kumikinang na tanso ang kidlat sa gitna ng ulap. 5Sa gitna ng ulap, may nakita akong apat na buhay na nilalang, parang mga tao, 6-8pero bawat isa sa kanila ay may apat na mukha at apat na pakpak. Tuwid ang kanilang mga binti at ang mga paa nila ay parang paa ng baka, kumikinang ito na parang tanso. May mga kamay silang katulad ng kamay ng tao na nasa ilalim ng kanilang mga pakpak. 9Magkakadikit ang mga pakpak nila. Lumilipad sila nang sabay-sabay sa kahit saang direksyon nang hindi bumabaling.
10Sa harap ay mukha silang tao, sa kanan ay mukhang leon, sa kaliwa ay mukhang toro at sa likod ay mukhang agila. 11Ang dalawa sa mga pakpak nila ay nakabuka pataas at magkadikit ang mga dulo, at ang dalawa pa nilang pakpak ay tumatakip sa katawan nila. 12Lumilipad sila nang sabay-sabay sa kahit saang direksyon nang hindi bumabaling. At kung saan sila dalhin ng Espiritu, doon sila pumupunta. 13Parang nagniningas na baga o mga sulo ang itsura nila. Sa pagitan nilaʼy may apoy na nagliliwanag at mula rin ditoʼy may kidlat na lumalabas 14Ang mga buhay na nilalang na itoʼy nagpaparooʼt parito na kasimbilis ng kidlat.
15Habang nakatingin ako sa apat na buhay na nilalang, nakita kong ang bawat isa sa kanila ay may gulong sa ilalim.1:15 ilalim: o, gilid. Ang apat na gulong ay nakasayad sa lupa. 16Ganito ang anyo ng mga gulong: Kumikislap ang mga ito na parang mamahaling batong krisolito at magkakapareho ang kanilang anyo. Ang bawat gulong ay may isa pang gulong sa loob na nakakrus. 17Kaya nakakapunta ang mga gulong na ito at ang mga buhay na nilalang kahit saang direksyon nang hindi na kailangang bumaling pa. 18Ang gilid ng mga gulong ay malapad at nakakatakot dahil puno ng mga mata.
19Kasama ng apat na buhay na nilalang ang mga gulong kahit saan sila pumunta, at kapag umaangat sila, umaangat din ang mga gulong. 20Ang espiritu ng apat na buhay na nilalang ay nasa gulong. Kaya saan man pumunta ang espiritu, doon din pumupunta ang apat na buhay na nilalang at ang mga gulong. 21Kapag lumakad ang mga buhay na nilalang, kasama rin ang mga gulong. Kapag tumigil sila, tumitigil din ang mga ito. At kapag lumipad sila, lumilipad din ang mga gulong dahil ang espiritu nila ay nasa gulong.
22Sa itaas ng ulo ng mga buhay na nilalang ay may nakatabon na tila kristal na nakakasilaw at kahanga-hangang tingnan. 23Sa ilalim nito, ang dalawang pakpak ng bawat buhay na nilalang ay nakabuka, at nagpapang-abot ang dulo ng mga pakpak ng bawat isa. Ang dalawang pakpak naman nila ay tumatakip sa kanilang katawan. 24Kapag lumipad sila, ang pagaspas ng mga pakpak nila ay parang ugong ng rumaragasang tubig o kayaʼy parang tinig ng makapangyarihang Dios o ingay ng napakaraming hukbo. At kapag tumigil sila, ibinababa nila ang kanilang pakpak.
25Habang nakababa ang mga pakpak nila, may tinig na nagmumula sa itaas nila. 26Sa ibabaw nila ay may tila tronong gawa sa mga batong safiro at may parang tao sa tronong iyon. 27Mula baywang pataas para siyang nagniningning na metal, at mula sa kanyang baywang pababa para siyang apoy na nagliliyab at napapalibutan ng nakasisilaw na liwanag. 28Ang liwanag na iyon sa paligid niya ay parang bahaghari pagkatapos ng ulan.
Ganoon ang makapangyarihang presensya ng Panginoon. At nang makita ko iyon, lumuhod ako at narinig kong may tinig na nagsasalita sa akin.
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.