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.
Ciũmbe Iria irĩ Muoyo na Riiri wa Jehova
11:1 Math 3:16; Thaam 24:10Mwaka-inĩ wa mĩrongo ĩtatũ,1:1 No gũkorwo ĩno yarĩ mĩaka ya Ezekieli; Mũlawii aingĩraga ũtungata-inĩ wa ũthĩnjĩri-Ngai aakinyia mĩaka mĩrongo ĩtatũ (Ndar 4:3). mũthenya wa gatano wa mweri wa kana, hĩndĩ ĩrĩa ndaarĩ hũgũrũrũ-inĩ cia Rũũĩ rwa Kebari tũrĩ hamwe na andũ arĩa maatahĩtwo magatwarwo kuo, igũrũ nĩrĩahingũkire, na niĩ ngĩona cioneki cia Ngai.
2Mũthenya wa gatano wa mweri ũcio, naguo nĩguo mwaka wa ĩtano kuuma Mũthamaki Jehoiakini athaamio, 31:3 2Ath 3:15kiugo kĩa Jehova nĩgĩakinyĩrĩire Ezekieli ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, mũrũ wa Buzi, kũu hũgũrũrũ-inĩ cia Rũũĩ rwa Kebari, o kũu bũrũri wa Babuloni. Nakuo guoko kwa Jehova kwarĩ igũrũ rĩake.
41:4 Ayub 38:1; Jer 1:14Ngĩcũthĩrĩria ngĩona rũhuho rwa kĩhuhũkanio rũgĩũka ruumĩte na mwena wa gathigathini, naruo rwarĩ itu inene rĩrĩ na rũheni rũkũhenũka narĩo rĩarigiicĩirio nĩ ũtheri mũcangararu. Gatagatĩ ka mwaki ũcio haahaanaga ta kĩgera kĩraakana, 51:5 Kũg 4:6na thĩinĩ wa mwaki ũcio nĩ haarĩ kĩndũ kĩahaanaga ciũmbe inya1:5 Mũigana wa “inya” ũrũgamĩrĩire ũkinyanĩru ta “ciũmbe iria inya irĩ muoyo” (Kĩam 13:14) kana “mĩena ĩna ĩrĩa yumaga rũhuho” (Isa 11:12). irĩ muoyo, nacio cionekaga irĩ na mũhianĩre wa mũndũ, 6na o kĩmwe gĩacio kĩarĩ na mothiũ mana na mathagu mana. 71:7 Kũg 1:15Magũrũ ma cio maarĩ marũngarũ; namo makinya ma cio maatariĩ ta ma gacaũ, na maakengaga ta gĩcango gĩkumuthe. 81:8 Ezek 10:8Rungu rwa mathagu ma cio, mĩena ĩna yacio, ciarĩ na moko ma mũndũ. Ciothe inya ciarĩ na mothiũ na mathagu, 9namo mathagu ma cio, nĩmahutanĩtie. O kĩmwe gĩa cio gĩathiiaga kĩerekeire o mbere; itiehũgũraga igĩthiĩ.
101:10 Kũg 4:7Mothiũ ma cio maatariĩ ta ũũ: O kĩmwe gĩa icio inya kĩarĩ na ũthiũ wa mũndũ, na mwena wa ũrĩo o kĩmwe kĩarĩ na ũthiũ wa mũrũũthi, naguo mwena wa ũmotho kĩarĩ na ũthiũ wa ndegwa; o na ningĩ, o kĩmwe gĩa cio kĩarĩ na ũthiũ wa nderi. 111:11 Isa 6:2Ũguo nĩguo mothiũ ma cio maatariĩ. Mathagu ma cio maatambũrũkĩtio na igũrũ; o kĩmwe kĩarĩ na mathagu meerĩ, o ithagu rĩhutanĩtie na ithagu rĩa kĩũmbe kĩrĩa kĩngĩ mĩena yeerĩ, namo mathagu meerĩ makahumbĩra mwĩrĩ wakĩo. 12O kĩmwe gĩa cio gĩathiiaga kĩrũngĩrĩirie o mbere. O kũrĩa guothe Roho aacierekagĩria, no kuo ciathiiaga itekwĩhũgũra. 131:13 2Sam 22:9; Kũg 4:5Ciũmbe icio irĩ muoyo cionagwo ihaana ta makara megwakana mwaki kana ta imũrĩ. Mwaki ũcio wathiiaga thuutha na mbere gatagatĩ-inĩ ga ciũmbe icio; warĩ mũcangararu, na rũheni rwahenũkaga kuuma harĩ guo. 141:14 Thab 29:7Ciũmbe icio ciaguthũkaga na thuutha na ikaguthũka na mbere ta ũrĩa rũheni rũhenũkaga.
151:15 Ezek 3:13Rĩrĩa ndacũthĩrĩirie ciũmbe icio irĩ muoyo, nĩndonire harĩ na kũgũrũ kwa ngaari gũkinyĩte thĩ kũrĩ mwena-inĩ wa o kĩũmbe kĩu kĩrĩ na mothiũ mana. 161:16 Thaam 28:20Naguo mũhianĩre na mũthondekere wa magũrũ macio ma ngaari warĩ ta ũũ: Maahenagia ta thumarati, na mothe mana nĩmahaanaine. O kũmwe kuonekaga gũthondeketwo ta kũgũrũ kwa ngaari, gũtoonyetio gatagatĩ ga kũgũrũ kũrĩa kũngĩ. 17Namo magĩthiĩ maathiiaga na mwena o wothe wa ĩyo ĩna kũrĩa ciũmbe icio cierekeirie ũthiũ; magũrũ macio ma ngaari matiagarũrũkaga rĩrĩa ciũmbe icio igũthiĩ. 181:18 Kũg 4:6Mĩbara ya mo yarĩ mĩraihu na igũrũ na yarĩ ya kũmakania, nayo mĩbara ĩyo yothe ĩna yaiyũrĩte maitho mĩena yothe.
19Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa ciũmbe icio irĩ muoyo ciathiĩ, magũrũ macio maarĩ mwena-inĩ wacio magathiĩ; na rĩrĩa ciũmbe icio irĩ muoyo ciambata na igũrũ ciumĩte thĩ, magũrũ macio o namo makaambata. 20O kũrĩa guothe Roho aacierekagĩria, nokuo ciathiiaga, namo magũrũ macio magookĩra magatwarana nacio, tondũ roho wa ciũmbe icio irĩ muoyo warĩ thĩinĩ wa magũrũ macio. 21Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa ciũmbe icio ciathiĩ, o namo magũrũ ma cio magathiĩ; rĩrĩa ciũmbe icio ciarũgama, o namo makarũgama; na rĩrĩa ciũmbe icio ciambata na igũrũ ciumĩte thĩ, magũrũ macio makambatania nacio, tondũ roho wa ciũmbe icio irĩ muoyo warĩ thĩinĩ wa magũrũ macio.
221:22 Ezek 10:1Igũrũ rĩa mĩtwe ya ciũmbe icio irĩ muoyo nĩ haarĩ kĩndũ kĩaraganu kĩahaanaga ta wariĩ wakengaga ta mbarabu, na warĩ wa kũmakania. 23Rungu rwa wariĩ ũcio, mathagu ma cio maatambũrũkĩtio o rĩmwe rĩerekeire harĩ rĩrĩa rĩngĩ, na o kĩũmbe kĩarĩ na mathagu meerĩ marĩa maakĩhumbĩrĩte mwĩrĩ. 241:24 Thab 46:3; Kũg 1:15Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa ciũmbe icio ciathiiaga, ngĩigua mũgambo wa mathagu ma cio, taarĩ mũrurumo wa maaĩ magĩtherera, na taarĩ mũgambo wa Mwene-Hinya-Wothe, taarĩ mbugĩrĩrio ya thigari cia ita. Na rĩrĩa ciũmbe icio ciarũgamire, igĩthuna mathagu ma cio.
25Ningĩ ngĩigua mũgambo uumĩte na igũrũ rĩa wariĩ ũcio warĩ igũrũ rĩa mĩtwe yacio hĩndĩ ĩyo ciarũgamĩte ithunĩte mathagu. 261:26 1Ath 22:19; Thaam 24:10Igũrũ rĩa wariĩ ũcio warĩ igũrũ rĩa mĩtwe yacio nĩ haarĩ kĩndũ kĩahaanaga ta gĩtĩ kĩa ũnene gĩakĩtwo na kahiga ka yakuti ĩrĩa ya bururu, na hau igũrũ rĩa gĩtĩ kĩu kĩa ũnene nĩ haarĩ na kĩndũ kĩonekaga kĩrĩ na mũhianĩre ta wa mũndũ. 271:27 Ezek 8:2Ndaarora ngĩona kuuma harĩa honekaga taarĩ ho njohero yake gũcooka na igũrũ, oonekaga ahaana ta kĩgera kĩraakana, kana ta kĩgera kĩiyũrĩtwo nĩ mwaki, ningĩ kuuma hau njohero gũcooka na thĩ oonekaga ahaana ta mwaki; naguo ũtheri mũcangararu ũkamũrigiicĩria. 281:28 Kĩam 9:13; Luk 2:9Ũtheri ũcio wamũrigiicĩirie watariĩ ta mũkũnga-mbura ũrĩ itu-inĩ rĩa mbura mũthenya ũrĩa kũroira, ũguo noguo ũtheri ũrĩa mũnene wamũrigiicĩirie watariĩ.
Ũtheri ũcio wonekaga ũhaanaine na riiri wa Jehova. Na rĩrĩa ndawonire-rĩ, ngĩĩgũithia, ngĩturumithia ũthiũ thĩ, ngĩigua mũgambo wa mũndũ ũkwaria.