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1Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.2(On the fifth of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile,3the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him.)
4As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire.5Within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form.6Each of them had four faces and four wings.7Their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze.8Under their wings on their four sides were human hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them,9their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward.10As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man; all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle.11Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and two covering their bodies.12And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went.13In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire.14And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.
15Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, for each of the four of them.16The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if one wheel were within another.17Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions without turning as they moved.18As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about.19Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also.20Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.21Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.
22Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, spread out over their heads.23Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had two wings covering its body on the one side and on the other.24I also heard the sound of their wings like the sound of abundant waters as they went, like the voice of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.25And there came a voice from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.
26Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man.27Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him.28As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
1Then He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!”2As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.3Then He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.4“I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’5“As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.6“And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house.7“But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.
8“Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.”9Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it.10When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe.
1Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.”2So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll.3He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.
4Then He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.5“For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel,6nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you;7yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate.8“Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads.9“Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house.”10Moreover, He said to me, “Son of man, take into your heart all My words which I will speak to you and listen closely.11“Go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’”
12Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me, “Blessed be the glory of the LORD in His place.”13And I heard the sound of the wings of the living beings touching one another and the sound of the wheels beside them, even a great rumbling sound.14So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the LORD was strong on me.15Then I came to the exiles who lived beside the river Chebar at Tel-abib, and I sat there seven days where they were living, causing consternation among them.
1Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;2He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.3For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house.4For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.5Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later;6but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
7Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
8DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS ASWHENTHEY PROVOKED ME,
AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS,
9WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIEDMeBYTESTINGMe,
AND SAW MY WORKS FORFORTY YEARS.
10“THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THISGENERATION,
AND SAID, ‘THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIRHEART,
AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS’;
11AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH,
‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.’”
12Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.13But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.14For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,15while it is said,
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, ASWHEN THEYPROVOKED ME.”
16For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses?17And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?18And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient?19So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.
24He who hates disguises it with his lips,
But he lays up deceit in his heart.
25When he speaks graciously, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart.
26Though his hatred covers itself with guile,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.