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.
Ebintu Ebiramu n’Ekitiibwa kya Mukama
11:1 a Ez 11:24-25 b Mat 3:16; Bik 7:56 c Kuv 24:10Awo mu mwaka ogw’amakumi asatu mu mwezi ogwokuna ku lunaku olwokutaano mu mwezi ogwo, bwe nnali nga ndi mu buwaŋŋanguse ku mabbali g’omugga Kebali, eggulu ne libikkulwa, ne ndaba okwolesebwa okuva eri Katonda. 21:2 2Bk 24:15Ku lunaku olwokutaano mu mwezi ogwo, gwe gwali omwaka ogwokutaano ogw’obuwaŋŋanguse bwa kabaka Yekoyakini, 31:3 2Bk 3:15; Ez 3:14, 22ekigambo kya Mukama ne kinzijjira, nze Ezeekyeri kabona, mutabani wa Buuzi, mu nsi ey’Abakaludaaya ku mabbali g’omugga Kebali, n’omukono gwa Mukama gwali ku ye.
41:4 a Yer 1:14 b Ez 8:2Awo ne ntunula ne ndaba kibuyaga ng’ava mu bukiikakkono, n’ekire ekikutte ekimyansa ekyamwetooloola, wakati nga wafaanana ng’awali ekyuma ekimasamasa. 51:5 a Kub 4:6 b nny 26Wakati mu muliro mwalabika ng’omwali ebiramu ebina, nga birina ekifaananyi ky’omuntu. 61:6 Ez 10:14Buli kimu kyalina obwenyi buna, n’ebiwaawaatiro bina. 71:7 Dan 10:6; Kub 1:15Amagulu gaabyo gaali magolokofu, n’ebigere byabyo nga bifaanana ekigere ky’ennyana, era nga bitangalijja ng’ekikomo ekizigule. 81:8 Ez 10:8Byalina engalo ez’omuntu wansi w’ebiwaawaatiro byabyo ku njuyi zaabyo ennya. Byonna ebina byalina obwenyi n’ebiwaawaatiro, 91:9 Ez 10:22era ebiwaawaatiro byabyo nga bisonga waggulu, buli kiwaawaatiro nga kikoona ku kinnaakyo. Buli kimu kyatambula nga kiraga mu maaso, nga tekikyuse kutunula mabega.
101:10 Ez 10:14; Kub 4:7Obwenyi bwabyo bwafaanana bwe buti: Buli kimu kyalina ekyenyi eky’omuntu, oluuyi olwa ddyo olwa buli kyenyi nga lufaanana ekyenyi eky’empologoma, n’oluuyi olwa kkono ku buli kyenyi nga lufaanana ekyenyi eky’ente, ate nga birina n’ekyenyi ky’emunyungu. 111:11 Is 6:2Ebyenyi byabyo n’ebiwaawaatiro byabyo byali byanjuluze nga bitunudde waggulu. Buli kimu kyalina ebiwaawaatiro bibiri, buli kiwaawaatiro nga kikona ku kinnaakyo, ebibiri ebirala nga bibisse ku mibiri gyabyo. 12Buli kimu kyali kitunudde gye kyali kiraga. Omwoyo gye yalaganga nabyo gye byalaganga, ne bitakyuka kudda mabega. 131:13 Kub 4:5Endabika ey’ebiramu ebyo yafaanana ng’omuliro ogwaka ogw’amanda oba omuliro ogw’omumuli. Omuliro gwavanga mu maaso n’emabega, nga gwakaayaakana era nga gumyansa. 141:14 Zab 29:7Ebiramu byetawulanga ng’okumyansa okw’eggulu.
15Bwe nnali nga nkyali ku ebyo, ne ndaba zinnamuziga ku ttaka emabbali wa buli kiramu, n’ebyenyi byabyo ebina. 161:16 Ez 10:9-11; Dan 10:6Endabika eya zinnamuziga n’okukolebwa kwazo kwali nga berulo,1:16 Berulo ejjinja ery’omuwendo zonna nga zifaanana. Buli emu yafaanana nga nnamuziga ekwataganye ne ginnaayo. 171:17 nny 9Era zeetoolooleranga mu njuyi zonna ennya, nga tezizinaazina ng’ebiramu bitambula. 181:18 Ez 10:12; Kub 4:6Empanka zaazo zaali mpanvu nga zitiisa, era empanka ennya zonna nga zijjuddemu amaaso.
19Ebiramu bwe byaseeseetukanga, zinnamuziga zaabyo nazo ne ziseeseetuka; ebiramu bwe byagolokokanga okuva mu ttaka zinnamuziga nazo ne zigolokoka. 201:20 nny 12Omwoyo buli gye yabanga agenda, gye byagendanga, ne zinnamuziga ne zisitukira wamu nazo, kubanga omwoyo eyali mu biramu ye yabanga ne mu zinnamuziga. 211:21 Ez 10:17Ebiramu bwe byaseeseetukanga, nazo ne ziseeseetuka, ebiramu bwe byasitukanga, nazo ne zisituka; ebiramu bwe byagolokokanga okuva ku ttaka, ne zinnamuziga ne zigolokokera wamu nazo, kubanga omwoyo ow’ebiramu yabanga mu zinnamuziga.
221:22 Ez 10:1Waggulu w’emitwe gy’ebiramu waliwo ekifaananyi eky’ekifo ekigazi, ekyatemagananga ng’omuzira. 23Wansi w’ekifo ekyo ekigazi ebiwaawaatiro byabyo byali bigolole, nga bituukagana, buli kiramu nga kirina ebiwaawaatiro bibiri ebyabikkanga emibiri gyabyo. 241:24 a Ez 10:5; 43:2; Dan 10:6; Kub 1:15; 19:6 b 2Bk 7:6Ebiramu bwe byagenda, nawulira okuwuuma kw’ebiwaawaatiro byabyo, ng’okuwuuma kw’amazzi amangi, ng’eddoboozi lya Ayinzabyonna, ng’oluyoogaano lw’eggye. Bwe byayimirira, ne bissa ebiwaawaatiro byabyo.
25Awo ne wawulikika eddoboozi okuva waggulu w’ekifo ekigazi waggulu w’emitwe gyabyo, bwe byayimiriranga nga bissizza ebiwaawaatiro byabyo. 261:26 a Kuv 24:10; Ez 10:1 b Kub 1:13Waggulu w’ekifo ekigazi waggulu w’emitwe gyabyo waaliwo ekyafaanananga entebe ey’obwakabaka, eya safiro, ate waggulu w’ekifaananyi eky’entebe ey’obwakabaka nga watuddeyo eyafaanana ng’omuntu. 271:27 Ez 8:2Ekyo nakirabira ku kyafaanana ng’ekiwato kye, okwambuka ng’afaanana ng’ekyuma ekyengeredde, nga kiriko omuliro mungi; n’okuva mu kiwato kye okukka ng’afaanana omuliro, nga yeetooloddwa okumasamasa enjuuyi zonna. 281:28 a Lub 9:13; Kub 10:1 b Kub 4:2 c Ez 8:4 d Ez 3:23; Dan 8:17; Kub 1:17Ekitiibwa ekyamwetooloolanga kyafaanana nga musoke mu bire ku lunaku olw’enkuba. Ekyo kye kyali ekifaananyi eky’ekitiibwa kya Mukama.
Bwe nakiraba, ne nvuunama, ne mpulira eddoboozi ly’oyo eyali ayogera.