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Ezekiel 1

Ezekiel’s Inaugural Vision

1In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin— the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.[a] There the hand of the Lord was on him.

I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. 14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome. 23 Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. 24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty,[b] like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.

25 Then there came a voice from above the vault over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26 Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. 27 I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 1:3 Or Chaldeans
  2. Ezekiel 1:24 Hebrew Shaddai

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Ezekiel 1

Guds herlighed åbenbares for profeten i et syn

11-3 Mit navn er Ezekiel, søn af Buzi, og jeg tilhører præsteslægten. Da jeg var 30 år gammel,[a] viste Herren mig en række syner. Det begyndte på den femte dag i årets fjerde måned, og det var fem år efter, at kong Jojakin, en stor del af folket og jeg selv var ført i eksil. Jeg opholdt mig ved Kebarfloden i Babylonien, hvor jeg boede blandt de bortførte judæere. Pludselig kom Guds kraft over mig. Det var, som om himlen åbnedes, og jeg så de utroligste ting.

Først hørte jeg en voldsom vind komme fra nord. Den drev en stor sky foran sig, og ud fra skyen stod der flammer, som oplyste alt omkring den, og i centrum af flammerne var der noget, der så ud som glødende metal.

5-8 Midt i skyen var der fire levende væsener, der lignede mennesker, bortset fra, at hver af dem havde fire ansigter, fire arme og fire vinger. Deres ben skinnede som bronze og lignede menneskeben, men deres fødder lignede mest fødderne på en kalv. Armene sad neden under vingerne, en arm under hver vinge.

9-11 Hver af dem havde et menneskeansigt, der vendte fremad, et løveansigt, der vendte mod højre, et okseansigt mod venstre, og et ørneansigt, der vendte bagud. De fire vinger sad i par, og det ene par vinger var spredt ud, så de fire væsener rørte ved hinanden med vingespidserne, mens det andet vingepar var foldet sammen ind til kroppen. De kunne bevæge sig i alle retninger uden at vende sig, 12 så dér, hvor ånden i dem ønskede, at de skulle hen, bevægede de sig af sted uden at vende sig.

13-14 De levende væsener udsendte et kraftigt lys som glødende kul eller brændende fakler, og de hoppede hurtigt frem og tilbage, så det så ud som lyn, der glimtede imellem dem.

15 Mens jeg iagttog de levende væsener, opdagede jeg fire hjul på jorden under dem, ét hjul under hvert af de fire væsener. 16 Hjulene var alle ens og skinnede som ædelsten. Hjulene var lavet sådan, at der sad et andet hjul på tværs inden i dem, 17 så de kunne bevæge sig i alle fire retninger uden at dreje. 18 De fire hjul havde fælge og eger, og på kanten af fælgene sad der øjne hele vejen rundt.

19-21 Når de fire levende væsener bevægede sig fremad, bevægede hjulene sig fremad sammen med dem. Når de bevægede sig opad, bevægede hjulene sig også opad, og når de standsede, standsede hjulene også. Hvor som helst de bevægede sig hen, fulgte hjulene med, for deres ånd var i hjulene.

22 Over de levende væsener var der udspændt noget ligesom en hvælving, der glimtede som krystal. 23 Og under hvælvingen stod så væsenerne med det ene par vinger spredt ud, så de rørte hinanden, og det andet par vinger foldet ind til kroppen. 24-25 Når de bevægede sig, lød vingesuset som drønet fra et vældigt vandfald, som den almægtige Guds stemme eller som lyden af en fremstormende hær. Når de standsede, sænkede de vingerne, og der lød en tordnende røst fra krystalhvælvingen oven over dem.

26 Oven over hvælvingen var der noget, der lignede en trone af safir, og på tronen sad der en skikkelse, som lignede et menneske. 27 Det øverste af ham, fra hofterne og opefter, så ud som glødende metal, mens den nederste del, fra hofterne og nedefter, så ud som flammende ild. Rundt om ham var der en strålende krans. 28 Lyset omkring ham var som regnbuens glans, når den viser sig på himlen en regnvejrsdag. Jeg var klar over, at det var Herrens herlighed, der strålede omkring mig. Da jeg så det, kastede jeg mig ned med ansigtet mod jorden. Derpå hørte jeg en stemme, som talte til mig.

Footnotes

  1. 1,1-3 Ordret: „i det 30. år”, meningen er omstridt.