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

New Living Translation
They went in whatever direction the spirit chose, and they moved straight forward in any direction without turning around.

English Standard Version
And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went.

Berean Study Bible
Each creature went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they moved.

New American Standard Bible
And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went.

King James Bible
And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

Christian Standard Bible
Each creature went straight ahead. Wherever the Spirit wanted to go, they went without turning as they moved.

Contemporary English Version
The four living creatures went wherever the Spirit led them, and they moved together without turning their bodies, because each creature faced straight ahead.

Good News Translation
Each creature faced all four directions, and so the group could go wherever they wished, without having to turn.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Each creature went straight ahead. Wherever the Spirit wanted to go, they went without turning as they moved.

International Standard Version
Each moved in straight directions. Wherever they decided to go, they went without turning themselves.

NET Bible
Each moved straight ahead--wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.

New Heart English Bible
Each one went straight forward: where the spirit would go, they went; they didn't turn when they went.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Each of the creatures went straight ahead. They went wherever their spirit wanted to go, and they didn't turn as they moved.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they went every one straight forward; whither the spirit was to go, they went; they turned not when they went.

New American Standard 1977
And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they went each one straight forward in the direction they were facing: wherever the Spirit directed them to go, they went; and they did not return when they went.

King James 2000 Bible
And they went each one straight forward: wherever the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

American King James Version
And they went every one straight forward: where the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

American Standard Version
And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; they turned not when they went.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And each one went straight forward: wherever the spirit was going they went, and turned not back.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And every one of them went straight forward: whither the impulse of the spirit was to go, thither they went: and they turned not when they went.

Darby Bible Translation
And they went every one straight forward: whither the Spirit was to go, they went; they turned not when they went.

English Revised Version
And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; they turned not when they went.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

World English Bible
Each one went straight forward: where the spirit was to go, they went; they didn't turn when they went.

Young's Literal Translation
And each straight forward they go, whither the spirit is to go, they go, they turn not round in their going.
Study Bible
The Four Living Creatures
11Such were their faces. Their wings were spread upward; each had two wings touching the wings of the creature on either side, and two wings covering its body. 12Each creature went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they moved. 13In the midst of the living creatures was the appearance of glowing coals of fire, or of torches. Fire moved back and forth between the living creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 1:9
and their wings were touching one another. They did not turn as they moved; each one went straight ahead.

Ezekiel 1:17
As they moved, they went in any of the four directions, without pivoting as they moved.

Ezekiel 1:20
Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise alongside them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

Treasury of Scripture

And they went every one straight forward: where the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

they went every

Ezekiel 1:9,17
Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward…

Ezekiel 10:22
And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.

whither

Ezekiel 1:20,21
Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels…

Hebrews 1:14
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?







Lexicon
Each
וְאִ֛ישׁ (wə·’îš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

[creature] went
יֵלֵ֑כוּ (yê·lê·ḵū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

straight ahead.
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

Wherever
אֶ֣ל (’el)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the spirit
הָר֤וּחַ (hā·rū·aḥ)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

would go,
לָלֶ֙כֶת֙ (lā·le·ḵeṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

they would go,
יֵלֵ֔כוּ (yê·lê·ḵū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

without
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

turning
יִסַּ֖בּוּ (yis·sab·bū)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

as they moved.
בְּלֶכְתָּֽן׃ (bə·leḵ·tān)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk
(12) Whither the spirit was to go.--The one informing spirit which animated all the living creatures alike, and in accordance with which all their movements were ordered.

Verse 12. - Whither the spirit was to go, etc. The description passes on to the originating force of the movement of the mysterious forms. The Hebrew noun may mean "breath," "wind," or "spirit," the meanings often overlapping one another. Here the higher meaning is probably the true one. The "Spirit" (as in Genesis 1:1; Genesis 6:3; Psalm 104:30; Psalm 139:7; Isaiah 40:7, 13; and in Ezekiel himself, passim) is the Divine Source of life in all its forms, especially in its highest form, moral, intellectual, spiritual. It is this which gave unity and harmony to the movements of the "living creatures," as it gives a life, harmony, and unity to all the manifold manifestations of the might of God of which they were the symbols. (On "they turned not," see note on ver. 9.) 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.
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