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.
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.