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Ezekiel 1:1-28

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.

2On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin— 3the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.1:3 Or Chaldeans There the hand of the Lord was on him.

4I 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, 5and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, 6but each of them had four faces and four wings. 7Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. 8Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, 9and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

10Their 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. 11Such 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. 12Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13The 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. 14The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16This 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. 17As 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. 18Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

19When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20Wherever 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. 21When 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.

22Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome. 23Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. 24When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty,1:24 Hebrew Shaddai like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.

25Then there came a voice from above the vault over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26Above 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. 27I 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. 28Like 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.

Tagalog Contemporary Bible

Ezekiel 1:1-28

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.