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.
5すると、その雲の真ん中から、人間のように見える奇妙な姿をした四つのものが現れました。 6その四つのものは、それぞれ四つの顔と二対の翼を持っていました。 7足は人間の足のようですが、先が子牛のひづめのように分かれていて、みがいた真鍮のように輝いているのです。 8また、それぞれ翼の下から人間の手が出ているのが見えました。
9この四つの生きものは翼を連ねて、曲がらずにまっすぐ飛んで来ました。 10それぞれの顔は、正面は人の顔、右側はライオンの顔、左側は牛の顔、背面はわしの顔でした。 11それぞれの二対の翼は、背中の中央から広げられ、一対は両側の生きものの翼に触れ合い、他の一対は体を覆っていました。 12そして、彼らの霊が行く所はどこへでも、曲がることなく、まっすぐに進んで行きました。
15私がこの光景に見入っていると、四つの生きものの下には、地上でそれらを支えるように四つの輪があるのが見えました。それぞれの生きものに一つの輪がついているのです。 16輪はみがき上げた琥珀でできているように見え、輪の中にもう一つの輪が内側にあるようにはめ込まれていました。 17これらの輪は、向きを変えずに四つの方向に向かうことができました。 18四つの輪には縁と輻があり、縁の外側には目がいっぱいついていました。 19-21四つの生きものが前方に飛ぶときは輪も前方に動き、上に飛ぶと輪も上に動きました。生きものが止まると輪も止まりました。生きものの霊が輪の中にあったからです。それで、霊が行く所はどこへでも、輪と生きものも行きました。
22生きものの上に広がった大空は、まるで水晶のように輝き、ことばでは表現できないほどの美しさでした。 23それぞれの生きものの翼は、互いにまっすぐに伸びて触れ合い、もう一対の翼が体を覆っていました。 24生きものが飛ぶと、翼は打ち寄せる波や神の声のように、あるいは大軍勢の雄たけびのようなとどろきを立てました。生きものは止まると、翼を下に垂れました。 25生きものが止まるたびに、頭上の水晶のような大空から声が聞こえました。