1[1-4] Now in my 30th year, on the 5th day of the fourth month (June), as I was among the prisoners of war by the Chebar River, the heavens opened up, and I saw visions of God. In the 5th day of the month, which was the 5th year that the ruler Jehoiachin was taken prisoner, the word of Yahweh came to me, Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar River; and the hand of Yahweh was on me there. As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with flashing lightning, which was very bright all around it, and in the middle of it was some kind of glowing metal object, in the middle of the glowing fire.
[5-9] Then what looked like four living things came out of the middle of it. And they looked like a human. But each had four faces, and each one of them had four wings. Their feet were straight feet; and seemed to have no toes like a calf’s foot; and they sparkled like polished brass. They had the hands of a human under their wings on their four sides; and all four had four faces and four wings. Their wings joined one another; and they didn’t turn as they went; but each one went straight ahead.
[10 -14] As for how their faces looked, they had the face of a human; and they four had the face of a lion on the right side; and they four had the face of a cow on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Their faces and their wings were separated above; with two wings of each joined to one another, and two more covering their bodies. Each one went straight ahead wherever the spirit was to go without turning as they went. As for how the living things looked, they looked like burning coals of fire, like torches, with the fire moving up and down among the living things. The fire was bright, and lightening went out of the fire. The living things went forward and backward as fast as a flash of lightning.
[15-21] Now, as I saw the living things, I saw one wheel on the earth beside the living things, for each of the four faces of it. The wheels and their work looked like a beryl stone. These four all looked the same; and they seemed to have a wheel within another wheel. When they went, they went in the four directions without turning as they went. As for their rims, they were very high and scary; and the rims of the four were full of lights all around them. Whenever the living things went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living things were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. They went wherever the spirit was to go; and wherever the spirit was to go, the wheels were lifted up beside them; because the spirit of the living thing was in the wheels. When those went, these went; and when those stood still, these stood still; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up beside them. The spirit of the living thing was in the wheels.
[22-25] Over the head of the living things was a great crystal dome, beautiful to look at, stretched over their heads above them. Under the dome, their wings were straight, one toward the other, with each one having two which covered one side, and each one having two which covered the other side of their bodies. When they went, I heard their wings make a loud noise, like the noise of great waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a noise of uproar like the noise of a great army. And when they stood still, they let down their wings. There was a voice above the dome that was over their heads, and when they stood still, they let down their wings.
[26-28] What looked like a throne was above the dome that was over their heads, which was the color of a sapphire stone; and what looked like a human was on the throne above them. I saw the person was glowing like metal, with what appeared to be fire shining all around, from the waist and upward; and from the waist and downward I saw a glowing fire, shining brightly all around. And in the brightness that shined around the person was a rainbow like is in the cloud in the day of rain. This was what the light of Yahweh God looked like. When I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of the One that spoke.
2[1-5] God said to me, human being, stand on your feet, and I’ll speak with you. The Spirit entered into me when God spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard God, who spoke to me. And God said to me, human being, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations that are rebellious, which have rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have sinned against me even to this very day. The people are disrespectful and stubborn, so I am sending you to them; and you’ll tell them, Yahweh God says this. And they, whether they hear or not, (because they’re a rebellious people), will know that there has been a great preacher among them.
[6 -10] So you, human being, don’t be afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words. Though briers and thorns are with you, and you live among scorpions, don’t be afraid of their words, nor be upset at their looks, though they’re a rebellious people. Speak my words to them, whether they’ll hear or not; because they’re most rebellious. But you, human being, hear what I tell you; and don’t be rebellious like those rebellious people. Open your mouth, and eat whatever I give you. When I looked, a hand was put out to me; and a scroll of a book was in it; God spread it out before me, and it was written both inside and outside; and mourning, crying, and great sorrows were written in it.
3[1-4] God said to me, human being, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the people of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and God caused me to eat the scroll. God said to me, human being, cause your belly to eat, and fill yourself with this scroll that I give you. Then I ate it; and it tasted like sweet honey in my mouth. Then God said to me, human being, go to the people of Israel, and speak my words to them.
[5-11] You aren’t sent to a people of a strange speech and a hard language, but to the people of Israel; not to many peoples of a strange speech and a hard language, whose words you can’t understand. Surely, if I sent you to them, they would listen to you. But the people of Israel won’t listen to you; because they won’t listen to me. All the people of Israel are hard-hearted and stubborn-minded. See, I’ve made your face as hard as their faces, and your mind as stubborn-minded as theirs. As a diamond is harder than a flint stone, I’ve made your mind, so don’t be afraid of them, nor be upset at their looks, though they’re a rebellious people. Besides this, God said to me, human being, put all my words that I speak to you in your heart, and listen carefully. Go to the prisoners of war, to those who are your people, and speak to them, and tell them, Yahweh God says this; whether they’ll hear or not.
[12-15] Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the sound of a loud voice, saying, Blessed be the light of Yahweh God on the throne. Then I heard the noise of the wings of the living things as they touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, the sound of a great noise. So the Spirit lifted me up, and took me away; and I was very bitter, angry in my spirit; and the hand of Yahweh was strong on me. Then I came to the prisoners of war at Tel Aviv, which lived by the Chebar River; and I sat there in shock among them for seven days.
[16-21] At the end of seven days, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, human being, I’ve made you a watchman to the people of Israel, so hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I tell the evil, you’ll without a doubt die; and you don’t warn them, nor speak to warn the evil from their evil ways, to save their lives; they’ll die in their sin; but I’ll hold you responsible for their death. Yet if you warn the evil, and they don’t turn from their evil ways, they’ll die in their sin; but you’ve saved your soul. And when a good person turns from their goodness, and sins, and I put a stumbling block before them, they’ll die because you haven’t warned them. They’ll die in their sin, and the good works, which they’ve done won’t be remembered; but I’ll hold you responsible for their death. But if you warn the good person, and they don’t sin, they’ll without a doubt live, because they took warning; and you’ve saved your soul.
[22 -27] The hand of Yahweh was there on me; and God said to me, Get up, and go out into the field, and I’ll talk with you there. Then I got up, and went out into the field, and the light of Yahweh stood still there, as the light, which I saw by the Chebar River; and I fell on my face. Then the Spirit entered into me, and set me on my feet; and God spoke with me, and said to me, Go, shut yourself up amongst your people. But you, human being, they’ll put bands on you, and will chain you up with them, and you won’t go out among them. And I’ll make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth, so that you won’t be able to speak, and won’t warn them; because they’re a rebellious people. But when I speak to you, I’ll open your mouth, and you’ll tell them, Yahweh God says this. Those who hear, let them hear; and those who don’t, let them not, because they’re a rebellious people.
4[1-3] You also, human being, take a brick, and put it before you, and draw on it the city of Jerusalem; and put a blockade against it, and build forts against it, and throw up a mound against it; set camps also against it, and plant battering rams all around against it. Take an iron pan, and set it as a wall of iron between you and the city. Look toward it, and it will be blockaded, and you’ll put the blockade against it. This will be a sign to the people of Israel.
[4 -8] Besides this, lie on your left side, and put the sin of the people of Israel on it. You’ll take their sin the same number of days that you’ll lie on it. I’ve set the years of their sin to be the number of days for you, so for 390 days, you’ll take the sin of the people of Israel on yourself. Then, when you’ve finished these, you’ll lie on your right side, and will take the sin of the people of Judah. I’ve set you 40 days, each day for a year. You’ll look toward the blockade of Jerusalem, with your arm uncovered; and you’ll preach against it. See, I put bands on you, and you won’t turn from one side to the other, until you’ve finished the days of your blockade.
[9-13] Also, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, and put them all in one pot, and make bread out of it; according to the number of the days that you’ll lie on your side, and for 390 days, you’ll eat it. You’ll weigh the food you eat, 8 oz. a day, and from time to time you’ll eat it. You’ll measure about one quart for your water, and from time to time you’ll drink it, as well. You’ll eat it as barley cakes, and you’ll bake it with human waste as they watch. So Yahweh said, In this way the people of Israel will eat unfit bread, among the nations where I’ll send them.
[14-1] Then said I, Ah Yahweh God! My soul hasn’t been polluted. From my youth up even until now I haven’t eaten what died by itself, or was torn by animals; nor has any unfit meat come into my mouth. Then God said to me, See, I’ll give you cow waste instead of human waste, and you’ll bake your bread on it. Besides this God said to me, human being, I’ll cut off the bread in Jerusalem and they’ll weigh the bread they eat with fearfulness; and they’ll measure the water they drink, in shock, so that they’ll need bread and water, and be upset one with another, and suffer in their sin.
5[1-4] You, human being, take a sharp knife; Take it as a barber’s razor to your head and on your beard; and then weigh and divide the hair in a scale. Burn a third of it in the fire in the middle of the city, when the days of the blockade are over; and take a third, and slash it with war all around it; and scatter a third to the wind, and I’ll chase after them in the war. Take a few of them and tie them in your clothes. Later, take them and throw them into the middle of the fire, and burn them in the fire; and from it a fire will come out into all the people of Israel.
[5-7] Yahweh God says, This is Jerusalem; I’ve set it in the middle of the nations, and countries are all around it. The city has rebelled against my laws in doing evil ways more than the other nations, and against my rules more than the countries that are around it; because they’ve rejected my laws, and as for my rules, they’ve not followed them. So Yahweh God says this, You’re worse than the nations that are around you, and have not followed my rules, nor have kept my laws, nor have followed the laws of the nations that are around you.
[8-12] So Yahweh God says this, See, I, even I, am against you; and I’ll punish you as the other nations watch. I’ll do in you what I haven’t ever done before, and won’t ever do again, because of all your filthy garbage. So the parents will eat the children in the middle of you, and the children will eat their parents; and I’ll punish you; and all the rest of you I’ll scatter to the winds. So, as I live, says Yahweh God, without a doubt, because you’ve ruined my Place of Worship with all your hateful things, and with all your filthy garbage, I’ll also make you as nothing. My eye won’t spare you, and I won’t feel sorry for you. A third of you will die from disease, and with a lack of food they’ll die right in the middle of you; and a third will die in the wars around you; and a third I’ll scatter to all the winds, and will chase after them with wars.
[13-17] In this way my anger will be finished, and I’ll cause my great anger toward them to rest, and I’ll be comforted; and they’ll know that I, Yahweh, have spoken in my passion, when I’ve finished my great anger on them. Besides this, I’ll make you an empty place and a blame to the nations that are around you, in the sight of all that pass by. So it will be a blame and a taunt, a teaching and a shock, to the nations that are around you, when I punish you in My anger and in great anger, I send My great punishment; (I, Yahweh, have spoken it.) When I send on them the evil of a lack of food to destroy them, which I’ll send to destroy you, I’ll make the a lack of food worse on you, and will cut off your bread; and I’ll send on you a lack of food and wild animals, and they’ll kill you; and disease and death will pass through you; and I’ll bring war on you. I, Yahweh, have spoken it.
6[1-5] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, human being, look toward the mountains of Israel, and preach to them, and say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of Yahweh God. Yahweh God says to the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys, See, I, even I, will bring war on you, and I’ll destroy your places of false worship. Your altars will become empty, and your altars where incense is burned will be broken; and I’ll throw down your dead before your false gods. I’ll put the dead bodies of the people of Israel before their false gods; and I’ll scatter your bones around your altars.
[6-9] Everywhere you live, the cities will be destroyed, and the places of false worship will be empty; that your altars may be destroyed and made empty, and your false gods may be broken and come to an end, and your altars where incense is burned may be cut down, and your works may be put to an end. The dead will fall in the middle of you, and you’ll know that I am Yahweh God. Yet I’ll leave a few of you left, and some will escape from the war to the nations, and you’ll be scattered throughout all the countries. Those of you that escape will remember me among the nations where you’ll be taken prisoner, how that I’ve been heartbroken with your naughty heart, which has left me, and with your eyes, which unfaithfully wander after your false gods; and you’ll hate yourselves in your own sight because of the evils that you’ve done in all your filthy garbage.
[10-14] They will know that I am Yahweh. I haven’t said that I would do this evil to them for no reason. Yahweh God says, Slap with your hand, and stamp with your foot, and say, Sadly, for all the evil filthy garbage of the people of Israel, they’ll fall by war, by a lack of food, and by disease. Those who are far off will die of disease; and those who are near will fall by war; and those who are left will be blockaded in the city and die by a lack of food. I’ll do this in my great anger on them. You’ll know that I am Yahweh, when their dead will be among their false gods all around their altars, on every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the places where they offered sweet smelling incense to all their false gods. I’ll stretch out my hand on them, and make the land empty and wasted, from the countryside toward Riblah, throughout all their homes, and they’ll know that I am Yahweh.