Ezekiel’s inaugural vision
1In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the River Kebar, 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 River Kebar 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 violent storm coming out of the north – an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The centre 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 upwards, 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 towards 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 face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
Ateasefo No Ne Awurade Anuonyam
1Afe a ɛto so aduasa no, ɔsram a ɛto so anan no da a ɛto so anum no, na meka wɔn a wɔatwa wɔn asu akɔ amannɔne no ho. Mewɔ Asubɔnten Kebar ho no, ɔsoro buei, na mihuu Onyankopɔn wɔ anisoadehu mu.
2Ɔsram no da a ɛto so anum no na ɔhene Yehoiakin adi mfe anum wɔ asutwa mu. 3Awurade asɛm baa Busi babarima Hesekiel a ɔyɛ ɔsɔfo no nkyɛn wɔ Asubɔnten Kebar ho wɔ Babilonia asase so. Ɛhɔ na Onyankopɔn nsa baa ne so.
4Mehwɛe, na mihuu sɛ ahum kɛse bi fi atifi fam reba, omununkum kɛse bi a ɛretwa anyinam na hann bi a ano yɛ den atwa ho ahyia. Ogya no mfimfini te sɛ dade a asɔ kɔɔ. 5Na ogya no mu na na wohu biribi te sɛ ateasefo baanan. Na wɔn su te sɛ onipa, 6wɔn mu biara anim yɛ anan na wɔwowɔ ntaban anan anan. 7Wɔn anan yɛ kirebenn, wɔn anammɔn te sɛ nantwi ba de na ɛhyerɛn te sɛ kɔbere mfrafrae a wɔahoa ho. 8Wɔwowɔ nnipa nsa wɔ ntaban a ɛwowɔ afaafa anan no ase. Wɔn mu biara wɔ nnipa nsa anan a baako wɔ ntaban biara ase, 9na wɔn ntaban keka sisi anim. Wɔn nyinaa kɔ wɔn anim tee a wɔnnan wɔn ho.
10Na sɛɛ na wɔn anim tete: Wɔn mu biara wɔ onipa anim, wɔwɔ gyata anim wɔ nifa so, wɔwɔ nantwi anim wɔ benkum so; na wɔn mu biara nso wɔ ɔkɔre anim. 11Saa na na wɔn anim tete. Wɔatrɛtrɛw wɔn ntaban mu kɔ soro; na wɔn mu biara wɔ ntaban abien abien, a mu biara si ɔfoforo de anim wɔ benkum ne nifa, na ntaban abien nso katakata wɔn ho. 12Obiara kɔ nʼanim tee. Baabiara a honhom no bɛkɔ no, hɔ na wɔbɛkɔ a wɔnnan wɔn ho. 13Ateasefo no suban te sɛ nnyansramma a ɛredɛw anaa ogyatɛn. Ogya di akɔneaba wɔ ateasefo no mu; ɛhyerɛn na mu na anyinam fi twitwa. 14Na ateasefo no de mmirika di akɔneaba te sɛ anyinam a ɛretwitwa.
15Bere a merehwɛ ateasefo no, mihuu sɛ nkyimii si fam wɔ ateasefo a wɔn mu biara anim yɛ anan no nkyɛn mu. 16Sɛɛ na na nkyimii no bɔbea te: Etwa yerɛw yerɛw te sɛ sikabereɛbo, na anan no nyinaa sesɛ. Wɔayɛ mu biara te sɛ nkyimii a ɛtoa nkyimii foforo mu. 17Sɛ nkyimii no nam a wɔkɔ faako a ateasefo no ani kyerɛ; nkyimii no nnan wɔn ho bere a ateasefo no nam no. 18Wɔn hankare no korɔn, na ɛyɛ hu, na aniwa tuatua hankare anan no nyinaa ho.
19Sɛ ateasefo no nantew a nkyimii a ɛbatabata wɔn ho no nso kɔ saa ara; sɛ ateasefo no ma wɔn ho so fi fam a nkyimii no nso ma wɔn ho so. 20Baabiara a honhom no bɛkɔ no, ateasefo no nso bɛkɔ, na nkyimii no bɛka wɔn ho ama wɔn ho so, efisɛ ateasefo no honhom wɔ nkyimii no mu. 21Sɛ ateasefo no tu teɛ a nkyimii no nso kɔ saa ara; sɛ ateasefo no gyina a, wɔn nso gyina; sɛ ateasefo no pagyaw wɔn ho a nkyimii no ne wɔn pagyaw wɔn ho, efisɛ ateasefo no honhom wɔ nkyimii no mu.
22Na ntrɛwmu bi wɔ ateasefo no atifi a etwa yerɛw yerɛw te sɛ sukyerɛmma, na ɛyɛ hu. 23Na wɔatrɛtrɛw wɔn ntaban no mu asisi anim wɔ ntrɛwmu no ase, na ateasefo no mu biara wɔ ntaban abien a ɛkata ne ho. 24Ateasefo no tu teɛe no, metee wɔn ntaban no nnyigyei a ɛte sɛ asu a ɛworo, te sɛ Otumfo no nne, anaa asraafo huuyɛ. Sɛ wogyina a wɔatrɛtrɛw wɔn ntaban mu.
25Na nne bi fi ntrɛwmu a ɛkata wɔn so no atifi bae, bere a wɔatrɛtrɛw wɔn ntaban mu na wogyinagyina hɔ no. 26Na biribi a ɛte sɛ aboɔdemmo ahengua wɔ ntrɛwmu a ɛkata ateasefo no atifi no so, na biribi a ɛte sɛ onipa te ahengua so wɔ ɔsoro hɔ. 27Mihuu sɛ efi nea ayɛ sɛ nʼasen mu rekɔ ne soro no na ɔte sɛ dade a adɔ kɔɔ sɛ ogya a ano asɔ, na efi hɔ reba ne fam no na ɔte sɛ ogyaframa; na hann a ɛhyerɛn atwa ne ho ahyia. 28Sɛnea nyankontɔn to wɔ omununkum mu osutɔ da no, saa ara na hann a atwa ne ho ahyia no te.
Eyi yɛ Awurade anuonyam ahoyi no sɛso. Na mihui no, mede mʼanim butuw fam, na metee obi a ɔrekasa nne.