The Bible in Its Traditions

Ezekiel 10:1–17

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Then I looked, and, behold, upon the firmament that was over the head of the cherubim, there appeared above them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.

And I saw, and behold, in the firmament that was over the heads of the cherubim, there appeared above them something like the sapphire stone, with the sight of the likeness of a throne.

And He spoke unto the man clothed in linen, and said: 'Go in between the wheelwork, even under the cherub, and fill both thy hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and dash them against the city.' And he went in in my sight.

And he spoke to the man who was clothed with linen, and he said: “Enter, between the wheels that are under the cherubim, and fill your hand with the coals of fire that are between the cherubim, and pour them upon the city.” And he entered, in my sight.

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Now the cherubim stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.

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And the glory of YHWH mounted up from the cherub to the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the YHWH'S glory.

Then the glory of the Lord departed from the cherubs to the porch of the house; and the cloud filled the house, and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the Lord.

And the glory of the Lord was lifted up, from above the cherubim, to the threshold of the house. And the house was filled with the cloud. And the court was filled with the splendor of the glory of the Lord.

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And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of God Almighty when He speaketh.

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And it came to pass, when He commanded the man clothed in linen, saying: 'Take fire from between the wheelwork, from between the cherubim', that he went in, and stood beside a wheel.

And when he had instructed the man who was clothed with linen, saying, “Take fire from the midst of the wheels that are between the cherubim,” he entered and stood next to the wheel.

And the cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubim unto the fire that was between the cherubim, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed in linen, who took it and went out.

And one cherub extended his hand, from the midst of the cherubim, to the fire that was between the cherubim. And he took and gave it into the hands of the one who was clothed with linen, and he accepted it and went forth.

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And there appeared in the cherubim the form of a man's hand under their wings.

And I saw the cherubs having the likeness of men’s hands under their wings.

And I looked, and behold, there appeared in the cherubim the form of a man's hand under their wings.

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And I looked, and behold four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside one cherub, and another wheel beside another cherub; and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.

And I saw, and behold, four wheels stood by the cherubs, one wheel by each cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the appearance of a carbuncle stone.

And I saw, and behold, there were four wheels beside the cherubim. One wheel was next to one cherub, and another wheel was next to another cherub. And the appearance of the wheels was like the sight of the chrysolite stone.

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10  And as for their appearance, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been within a wheel.

10  And in their appearance, each one of the four were similar, as if a wheel were in the midst of a wheel.

11  When they went, they went toward their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.

11  And when they went, they advanced in four parts. And they did not turn as they went. Instead, to the place to which they were inclined to go at first, the rest also followed, and they did not turn back.

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12  And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.

12  And their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about the four wheels.

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13  As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing The wheelwork.

13  And these wheels were called Gelgel in my hearing.

13  And in my hearing, he called these wheels: “constantly changing.”

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14  And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

14  Now each one had four faces. One face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and in the third was the face of a lion, and in the fourth was the face of an eagle.

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15  And the cherubim mounted up--this is the living creature that I saw by the river Chebar.

15  And the cherubim were lifted up. This is the living creature, which I had seen beside the river Chebar.

16  And when the cherubim went, the wheels went beside them; and when the cherubim lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.

16  And when the cherubim advanced, the wheels also went beside them. And when the cherubim lifted up their wings in order to be raised up from the earth, the wheels did not remain behind, but they also were beside them.

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17  When they stood, these stood, and when they mounted up, these mounted up with them; for the spirit of the living creature was in them.

17  When they were standing, these stood still. And when they were lifted up, these were lifted up. For the spirit of life was in them.

17  When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these were lifted up also; when the cherubim lifted their wings, the wheels also lifted up with them; for the spirit of life was in them.