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December 2 - Bible-in-a-Year
Ezekiel's Inaugural Vision
1 In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles(a) by the Kebar River,(b) the heavens were opened(c) and I saw visions(d) of God.
2 On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin(e)— 3 the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel(f) the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.[a] There the hand of the Lord was on him.(g)
4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm(h) coming out of the north(i)—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,(j) 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures.(k) In appearance their form was human,(l) 6 but each of them had four faces(m) and four wings. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.(n) 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands.(o) All four of them had faces and wings, 9 and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.(p)
10 Their 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.(q) 11 Such were their faces. They each had two wings(r) spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.(s) 13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals(t) of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning(u) flashed out of it. 14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.(v)
15 As I looked at the living creatures,(w) I saw a wheel(x) on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz,(y) and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction(z) as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes(aa) all around.
19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go,(ab) and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When 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.(ac)
22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault,(ad) sparkling like crystal, and awesome. 23 Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. 24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing(ae) waters, like the voice(af) of the Almighty,[b] like the tumult of an army.(ag) When they stood still, they lowered their wings.
25 Then there came a voice from above the vault over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26 Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne(ah) of lapis lazuli,(ai) and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.(aj) 27 I 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.(ak) 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow(al) in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.(am)
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory(an) of the Lord . When I saw it, I fell facedown,(ao) and I heard the voice of one speaking.
1 Praise the Lord .[a](a)
from the heavens;(b)
praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;(c)
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.(d)
3 Praise him, sun(e) and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens(f)
and you waters above the skies.(g)
5 Let them praise the name(h) of the
for at his command(i) they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree(j) that will never pass away.
7 Praise the
(k) from the earth,
you great sea creatures(l) and all ocean depths,(m)
8 lightning and hail,(n) snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,(o)
9 you mountains and all hills,(p)
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals(q) and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings(r) of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor(t) is above the earth and the heavens.(u)
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b](v)
the praise(w) of all his faithful servants,(x)
of Israel, the people close to his heart.(y)
Praise the Lord .
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit,(z) and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.(aa) 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.(ab) They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want.(ac) 18 But if you are led by the Spirit,(ad) you are not under the law.(ae)
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality,(af) impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.(ag) I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.(ah)
22 But the fruit(ai) of the Spirit is love,(aj) joy, peace,(ak) forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.(al) Against such things there is no law.(am) 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh(an) with its passions and desires.(ao) 25 Since we live by the Spirit,(ap) let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited,(aq) provoking and envying each other.
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