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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

O Livro

Ezequiel 1

As criaturas estranhas e a glória do Senhor

11/2 Ezequiel (filho de Buzi) era um sacerdote que vivia no meio dos judeus exilados nas proximidades do rio de Quebar em Babilónia. Em 31 de Julho do meu trigésimo ano, abriram-se os céus de repente perante mim, e tive visões de Deus. Era o quinto ano do cativeiro do rei Jeconias; a palavra do Senhor foi-me dirigida pessoalmente e a sua mão esteve sobre mim.

Houve 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 cobre polido. 5/6 Então, do centro da nuvem saíram quatro estranhas criaturas que se pareciam com seres humanos, mas que tinham quatro rostos cada um e ainda dois pares de asas! 7/8 Tinham pernas direitas, mas pés com cascos de bezerro e brilhavam como cobre polido. Debaixo das asas pude ver-lhes mãos humanas. Os quatro tinham rostos e asas assim dispostos: 9/12 Estavam juntos, asas com asas, e voavam em frente, em linha recta, sem desvios. Para 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. Os 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. Iam para onde quer que desejavam ir, sem se virar.

13/14 Entre eles havia outras formas que se deslocavam para cima e para baixo e que pareciam como brasas de carvão, ou como algo que ardesse intensamente. Fogo se movia entre esses seres, e brilhava intensamente, expelindo relâmpagos.

15/18 Enquanto olhava para isto tudo, vi ainda quatro rodas no chão, debaixo das criaturas; uma roda sob cada uma. As rodas tinham a cor de uma pedra preciosa, todas iguais, e cada uma delas tinha outra, na parte interior, atravessada. Podiam assim rodar para a frente e para os lados sem se virarem. As quatro rodas tinham aros e raios; os aros estavam cheios de olhos em toda a volta.

19/21 Quando 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. Porque o espírito das criaturas estava também nas rodas; por isso, para onde quer que o seu espírito fosse, tanto as rodas como os seres seguiam-no.

22 Os céus em cima pareciam feitos de cristal; eram duma beleza indescritível. 23/25 As asas de cada um dos seres estendiam-se direitas até tocaram nas do outro ao lado; e com o outro par de asas cobriam o corpo. Quando se deslocavam, as asas, ao baterem, faziam um ruído semelhante ao das vagas rebentando na praia, ou semelhante à voz de Deus, ou ainda parecido com o tumulto de um grande exército. Quando paravam, baixavam as asas. E ouvia-se uma voz do firmamento de cristal por cima deles.

26 Por 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. 27/28 Da cintura para cima, parecia ser de bronze brilhante, luzindo como fogo; para baixo, dava a impressão de ser todo ele uma chama; havia um resplendor em volta dele como um arco-íris 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: