1I am Ezekiel, a priest, the son of Buzi. When I was 30 years old, I was living among the Israeli people who had been ◄exiled from/forced to leave► Judah and had come to Babylon. I was living along the Kebar River/Canal south of Babylon. Almost five years after King Jehoiachin had been ◄exiled/forced to leave Judah►, on the fifth day of the fourth month of that year, it was as though the sky was opened and I saw visions from God. On that day,
3God gave me messages in visions here in Babylonia, and I felt the power MTY of Yahweh on me.
4In one of the visions, I saw a windstorm coming from the north. There was a huge cloud, and lightning was flashing continually, and a brilliant light surrounded the cloud. In the center of where the lightning was flashing there was something that resembled glowing bronze.
5In the center of the storm I saw what resembled four living creatures. They resembled humans,
6but each of them had four faces and four wings DOU.
7Their legs were straight. Their feet resembled the hooves of calves, and the creatures shone like polished bronze.
8On their four sides under their wings there were hands like humans have.
9As the four creatures stood there, they formed a circle/square, with their wings touching each other. They did not turn when they were moving; they went straight ahead.
10Each of the creatures had four faces. The face that was in front of each one was a face that resembled a human face. The face on the right side resembled a lion's face. The face on the left side resembled an ox's face. The face in back resembled an eagle's face.
11Two of each creature's wings were lifted up and touched the wings of the creatures that were on each side. The other two wings were folded against the creature's body.
12The creatures went straight ahead in whatever direction the spirit that controlled/guided them wanted them to go, without changing directions while they were moving.
13The four creatures resembled burning coals or torches. A blazing fire moved back and forth among the creatures, and lighting flashed from among them.
14The creatures moved back and forth extremely rapidly, like SIM flashes of lightning.
15While I looked at the four living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each of them.
16Each of the wheels was the same, and they all shone like SIM ◄chrysolite/a valuable green stone►. Each seemed to have one wheel inside another wheel.
17Whenever they moved, they would go straight in one of the four directions that they faced; they did not turn in another direction while they moved.
18The rims of the wheels were covered with eyes.
19Whenever the living creatures moved, the wheels moved with them. So whenever the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose up.
20Wherever the spirit that controlled the creatures wanted the creatures to go, they went, and the wheels went with them, because the spirit that controlled/guided them was in the wheels DOU.
21Whenever the creatures moved, the wheels moved. Whenever the creatures stood still, the wheels stopped. Whenever the creatures rose up from the ground, the wheels rose up with them.
22Above the heads of the creatures there was something that resembled a dome. It shone like ice (OR, crystal) shines, and it was awesome.
23Under the dome, the creatures stretched out their wings. Each one had two wings; each wing stretched towards the creature that was next to it, and two wings that were against the creature's body.
24Whenever the creatures moved, their wings made a sound that resembled the roar made by a rushing stream. It also sounded like the voice of Almighty God, and like SIM the noise of a huge army marching. Whenever the creatures stood still on the ground, they lowered their wings.
25While they stood on the ground with their wings lowered, there was a voice from the dome that was over their heads.
26Above the dome was something that resembled a huge throne that was made of a huge ◄sapphire/valuable blue stone►. Sitting on the throne was someone that resembled a human.
27I saw that above his waist his body resembled metal that was glowing as though it had a very hot fire inside it. And I saw that below his waist there was a very brilliant light that surrounded him.
28It shone like SIM a rainbow shines in the clouds on a rainy day. That was the brilliant light that represented the presence of Yahweh. When I saw it, I prostrated myself on the ground, and I heard him speak.