Now it came about in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, while I was by the river Chebar among those who had been made prisoners, that the heavens were made open and I saw visions of God.
On the fifth day of the month, in the fifth year after King Jehoiachin had been made a prisoner,
The word of the Lord came to me, Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldaeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was on me there.
And, looking, I saw a storm wind coming out of the north, a great cloud with flames of fire coming after one another, and a bright light shining round about it and in the heart of it was something coloured like electrum.
And in the heart of it were the forms of four living beings. And this was what they were like; they had the form of a man.
And their feet were straight feet; and the under sides of their feet were like the feet of oxen; and they were shining like polished brass.
And they had the hands of a man under their wings; the four of them had faces on their four sides.
As for the form of their faces, they had the face of a man, and the four of them had the face of a lion on the right side, and the four of them had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four of them had the face of an eagle.
And their wings were separate at the top; two of the wings of every one were joined one to another, and two were covering their bodies.
And between the living beings it was like burning coals of fire, as if flames were going one after the other between the living beings; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went thunder flames.
Every one of them went straight forward; wherever the spirit was to go they went; they went on without turning.
And the living beings went out and came back as quickly as a thunder flame.