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.
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 mês1.1 Mês de Tamuz. Entre a lua nova do mês de junho e o mês de julho. do meu trigésimo ano, abriram-se os céus de repente, perante mim, e tive visões da parte de Deus.
2Era o quinto ano do cativeiro do rei Jeconias, no exílio babilónico, 3quando veio a palavra do Senhor, dirigida pessoalmente a mim, Ezequiel, filho de Buzi, na terra dos caldeus, e a sua mão esteve sobre mim.
4Houve 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. 5Então, do centro da nuvem, saíram quatro criaturas que se pareciam com seres humanos, 6mas que tinham quatro rostos cada um e ainda dois pares de asas! 7Tinham pernas direitas, mas pés com cascos de bezerro que brilhavam como bronze polido. 8Debaixo das asas pude ver-lhes mãos humanas; os quatro tinham rostos e asas assim dispostas: 9estavam juntas, asa com asa, e voavam em frente, em linha reta, sem desvios.
10Para 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. 11Os 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. 12Cada um caminhava em frente; para onde quer que o Espírito se movia eles também iam e não se viravam quando se movimentavam. 13Entre eles havia outras formas que se deslocavam para cima e para baixo e que pareciam como relâmpagos ou como algo que ardesse intensamente. 14Um fogo movia-se entre esses seres, e brilhava intensamente, expelindo relâmpagos.
15Enquanto olhava para isto tudo, vi ainda quatro rodas no chão, debaixo das criaturas; uma roda sob cada uma. 16As rodas tinham a cor de um topázio, todas iguais, e cada uma delas tinha outra, na parte interior, atravessada. 17Podiam assim rodar para a frente e para os lados sem se virarem. 18As quatro rodas tinham aros e raios; os aros estavam cheios de olhos em toda a volta.
19Quando 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. 20Porque o espírito das criaturas estava também nas rodas. 21Por isso, para onde quer que o seu espírito fosse, tanto as rodas como os seres seguiam-no.
22Por cima das suas cabeças havia algo semelhante ao firmamento, que reluzia como cristal, estendido por cima deles. 23As 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. 24Quando 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.
25E ouvia-se uma voz do firmamento de cristal por cima deles. 26Por 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. 27Da cintura para cima, parecia ser de bronze brilhante, luzindo como fogo; para baixo, dava a impressão de ser todo ele uma chama. 28Havia 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.