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.
1第三十年四月五日，我正在迦巴鲁河畔被掳的人当中，忽然天开了，我看见了上帝的异象。 2那是约雅斤王被掳第五年的四月五日， 3就在迦勒底人境内的迦巴鲁河畔，耶和华的话特别传给了布西的儿子以西结祭司，耶和华的能力1:3 “能力”希伯来文是“手”。降在他身上。
4在异象中，我看见一阵狂风从北方刮来，随后有一大朵云闪耀着火光，四周环绕着灿烂的光芒，火的中心像发光的金属。 5火中有四个像人形的活物， 6每个活物有四张不同的面孔和四个翅膀。 7他们的腿是直的，脚如同牛犊的蹄，都亮如磨光的铜。 8四面的翅膀下都有人的手，四个活物都有脸和翅膀， 9翅膀彼此相连。他们移动时不必转身，各朝前面移动。 10四个活物的面孔是这样的：正面是人的脸，右面是狮子的脸，左面是牛的脸，后面是鹰的脸。 11他们的翅膀向上展开，每个活物的一对翅膀与其他活物的翅膀相连，另外一对翅膀遮蔽身体。 12耶和华的灵往哪里去，他们也往哪里去，移动时不用转身。 13四个活物的形象如燃烧的火炭，又像火把。活物之间有火上下移动，发出耀眼的闪电。 14这些活物像闪电一样往来飞驰。
15当我观看这些活物的时候，发现每个活物旁边的地上都有一个轮子。 16四个轮子的形状和结构都一样，好像轮套轮，如同闪耀的绿宝石。 17他们可以向四面移动，移动时轮子不必转向。 18轮圈高而可畏，周围布满了眼睛。 19活物行走，轮子也在旁边行走；活物上升，轮子也上升。 20灵往哪里去，活物也往哪里去，轮子也跟着往哪里去，因为活物的灵在轮子里。 21活物行走，轮子也行走；活物站立不动，轮子也站立不动；活物上升，轮子也跟着上升，因为活物的灵在轮子里。
22活物的头上好像铺展着茫茫的穹苍，如同顶着耀眼的水晶。 23穹苍下四个活物伸展翅膀，彼此相对，各用两个翅膀遮蔽身体。 24他们移动时，翅膀发出的响声如洪涛之声，既像全能者的声音，又像军队的呐喊。活物站住的时候，便将翅膀垂下。 25他们站立垂下翅膀时，有声音从他们头顶的穹苍之上传来。
26在他们头顶的穹苍之上仿佛有蓝宝石的宝座，有一位形状像人的高高坐在宝座上。 27我看到祂的腰部以上好像烧红发亮的金属，好像有火四面环绕。腰部以下如同火焰。祂周围有耀眼的光辉， 28仿佛雨天云中的彩虹。