Ezekiel 1:5
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New International Version
and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human,

New Living Translation
From the center of the cloud came four living beings that looked human,

English Standard Version
And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness,

New American Standard Bible
Within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form.

King James Bible
Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The form of four living creatures came from it. And this was their appearance: They had human form,

International Standard Version
Deep inside it, the likenesses of four living beings were visible. Their appearances were similar to human forms,

NET Bible
In the fire were what looked like four living beings. In their appearance they had human form,

New Heart English Bible
Out of its midst came the likeness of four living creatures. This was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the center of the cloud I saw what looked like four living creatures. They were shaped like humans,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man.

New American Standard 1977
And within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of man.

King James 2000 Bible
Also out of its midst came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

American King James Version
Also out of the middle thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

American Standard Version
And out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in the midst thereof the likeness of four living creatures: and this was their appearance: there was the likeness of a man in them.

Darby Bible Translation
Also out of the midst thereof, the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man.

English Revised Version
And out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Also from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

World English Bible
Out of its midst came the likeness of four living creatures. This was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man.

Young's Literal Translation
And out of its midst is a likeness of four living creatures, and this is their appearance; a likeness of man is to them,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:1-14 It is a mercy to have the word of God brought to us, and a duty to attend to it diligently, when we are in affliction. The voice of God came in the fulness of light and power, by the Holy Spirit. These visions seem to have been sent to possess the prophet's mind with great and high thoughts of God. To strike terror upon sinners. To speak comfort to those that feared God, and humbled themselves. In ver. 4-14, is the first part of the vision, which represents God as attended and served by a vast company of angels, who are all his messengers, his ministers, doing his commandments. This vision would impress the mind with solemn awe and fear of the Divine displeasure, yet raise expectations of blessings. The fire is surrounded with a glory. Though we cannot by searching find out God to perfection, yet we see the brightness round about it. The likeness of the living creatures came out of the midst of the fire; angels derive their being and power from God. They have the understanding of a man, and far more. A lion excels in strength and boldness. An ox excels in diligence and patience, and unwearied discharge of the work he has to do. An eagle excels in quickness and piercing sight, and in soaring high; and the angels, who excel man in all these respects, put on these appearances. The angels have wings; and whatever business God sends them upon, they lose no time. They stood straight, and firm, and steady. They had not only wings for motion, but hands for action. Many persons are quick, who are not active; they hurry about, but do nothing to purpose; they have wings, but no hands. But wherever the angels' wings carried them, they carried hands with them, to be doing what duty required. Whatever service they went about, they went every one straight forward. When we go straight, we go forward; when we serve God with one heart, we perform work. They turned not when they went. They made no mistakes; and their work needed not to be gone over again. They turned not from their business to trifle with any thing. They went whithersoever the Spirit of God would have them go. The prophet saw these living creatures by their own light, for their appearance was like burning coals of fire; they are seraphim, or burners; denoting the ardour of their love to God, and fervent zeal in his service. We may learn profitable lessons from subjects we cannot fully enter into or understand. But let us attend to the things which relate to our peace and duty, and leave secret things to the Lord, to whom alone they belong.
Study Bible
Vision of Four Cherubim
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.…
Cross References
Revelation 4:6
And before the throne was something like a sea of glass, as clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and back.

Revelation 4:8
And each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around and within. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

Ezekiel 1:26
Now 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.

Ezekiel 10:15
Then the cherubim rose up. They are the living beings that I saw by the river Chebar.

Ezekiel 10:17
When the cherubim stood still, the wheels would stand still; and when they rose up, the wheels would rise with them, for the spirit of the living beings was in them.

Ezekiel 10:20
These are the living beings that I saw beneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar; so I knew that they were cherubim.
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