Ezekiel 1:17
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New International Version
As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went.

New Living Translation
The beings could move in any of the four directions they faced, without turning as they moved.

English Standard Version
When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went.

New American Standard Bible
Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions without turning as they moved.

King James Bible
When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they moved, they went in any of the four directions, without pivoting as they moved.

International Standard Version
Whenever the four moved, no matter which of four directions, they moved without turning around.

NET Bible
When they moved they would go in any of the four directions they faced without turning as they moved.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whenever they moved, they moved in any of the four directions without turning as they moved.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they did not return when they went.

King James 2000 Bible
When they went, they went in any of four directions: and they turned not when they went.

American King James Version
When they went, they went on their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

American Standard Version
When they went, they went in their four directions: they turned not when they went.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When they went, they went by their four parts: and they turned not when they went.

Darby Bible Translation
When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not when they went.

English Revised Version
When they went, they went upon their four sides: they turned not when they went.

Webster's Bible Translation
When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they returned not when they went.

World English Bible
When they went, they went in their four directions: they didn't turn when they went.

Young's Literal Translation
On their four sides, in their going they go, they turn not round in their going.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:15-25 Providence, represented by the wheels, produces changes. Sometimes one spoke of the wheel is uppermost, sometimes another; but the motion of the wheel on its own axletree is regular and steady. We need not despond in adversity; the wheels are turning round and will raise us in due time, while those who presume in prosperity know not how soon they may be cast down. The wheel is near the living creatures; the angels are employed as ministers of God's providence. The spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels; the same wisdom, power, and holiness of God, that guide and govern the angels, by them order all events in this lower world. The wheel had four faces, denoting that the providence of God exerts itself in all parts. Look every way upon the wheel of providence, it has a face toward you. Their appearance and work were as a wheel in the middle of a wheel. The disposals of Providence seem to us dark, perplexed, and unaccountable, yet are all wisely ordered for the best. The motion of these wheels was steady, regular, and constant. They went as the Spirit directed, therefore returned not. We should not have to undo that by repentance which we have done amiss, if we followed the guidance of the Spirit. The rings, or rims of the wheels were so vast, that when put in motion the prophet was afraid to look upon them. The consideration of the height and depth of God's counsel should awe us. They were full of eyes round about. The motions of Providence are all directed by infinite Wisdom. All events are determined by the eyes of the Lord, which are in every place beholding the evil and the good; for there is no such thing as chance or fortune. The firmament above was a crystal, glorious, but terribly so. That which we take to be a dark cloud, is to God clear as crystal, through which he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. When the angels had roused a careless world, they let down their wings, that God's voice might be plainly heard. The voice of Providence is to open men's ears to the voice of the word. Sounds on earth should awaken our attention to the voice from heaven; for how shall we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from thence.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - When they went, etc. The meaning seems to be that the relative position of the wheels and the living creatures was not altered by motion. On "they turned not," see note on ver. 9. All suggests the idea of orderly and harmonious working.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When they went, they went upon their four sides,.... On either of their crossing rings, as they were directed by the living creatures, at whose side they stood:

and they returned not when they went; they had no need to turn about when they were to go east, west, north, or south, as wheels usually do; but they turned upon the crossing ring, which was towards either of the four points. This denotes the perseverance of the churches, and the true members thereof, in faith and practice; they do not turn back, nor look back, but go right on, walking in the fear of the Lord, and in all his, ways and ordinances.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. went upon their four sides—Those faces or sides of the four wheels moved which answered to the direction in which the cherubim desired to move; while the transverse circles in each of the four composite wheels remained suspended from the ground, so as not to impede the movements of the others.

Ezekiel 1:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Vision of the Four Wheels
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.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 1:8
Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings,

Ezekiel 1:9
and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

Ezekiel 1:12
Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.

Ezekiel 10:11
As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went.
Treasury of Scripture

When they went, they went on their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

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