Ezekiel 1:14
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New International Version
The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

New Living Translation
And the living beings darted to and fro like flashes of lightning.

English Standard Version
And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Berean Study Bible
The creatures were darting back and forth as quickly as flashes of lightning.

New American Standard Bible
And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

King James Bible
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Christian Standard Bible
The creatures were darting back and forth like flashes of lightning.

Contemporary English Version
The creatures themselves moved as quickly as sparks jumping from a fire.

Good News Translation
The creatures themselves darted back and forth with the speed of lightning.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The creatures were darting back and forth like flashes of lightning.

International Standard Version
The living beings moved around, in appearance resembling lightning.

NET Bible
The living beings moved backward and forward as quickly as flashes of lightning.

New Heart English Bible
The living creatures darted back and forth, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The living creatures ran back and forth like lightning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

New American Standard 1977
And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the living creatures ran and turned as the appearance of lightnings.

King James 2000 Bible
And the living creatures ran back and forth like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

American King James Version
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

American Standard Version
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the living creatures ran and returned like flashes of lightning.

Darby Bible Translation
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

English Revised Version
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

World English Bible
The living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Young's Literal Translation
And the living creatures are running, and turning back, as the appearance of the flash.
Study Bible
The Four Living Creatures
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. 14The creatures were darting back and forth as quickly as flashes of lightning.
Cross References
Matthew 24:27
For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Luke 17:24
For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so will be the Son of Man in His day.

Zechariah 4:10
For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven eyes of the LORD, which scan the whole earth, will rejoice when they see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand."

Treasury of Scripture

And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Psalm 147:15 He sends forth his commandment on earth: his word runs very swiftly.

Daniel 9:21 Yes, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom …

Zechariah 2:3,4 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another …

Zechariah 4:10 For who has despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice…

Matthew 24:27,31 For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the …

Mark 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his …







(14) A flash of lightning.--Not only was the appearance of the cherubim thus glittering, but also their speed as they "ran and returned" was that of the lightning.

The vision up to this point, so far as we may venture to interpret its object, seems designed to show forth the power and activity, the irresistible energy of the agencies employed for the fulfilment of the Divine purposes, and at the same time their perfectly harmonious action, controlled by one supreme will. We now enter upon a fresh phase of the vision, in which the same things are represented still further by an additional and peculiar symbolism.

Verse 14. - Ran and returned. Compare the "to and fro" of Zechariah 4:10. The comparison implies at once suddenness (as in Matthew 24:27) and overwhelming brightness. And the living creatures ran,.... Did their work with great readiness and swiftness; so, especially in the latter day, ministers of the Gospel shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased, Daniel 12:4;

and returned; for though before it is said, "they turned not when they went", they kept straight on till they had done their work; but when they have done it, then they return, and give an account of it to him that has sent them: and their running and returning are said to be,

as the appearance of a flash of lightning; very sudden and swift. 14. ran and returned—Incessant, restless motion indicates the plenitude of life in these cherubim; so in Re 4:8, "they rest not day or night" (Zec 4:10).

flash of lightning—rather, as distinct from "lightning" (Eze 1:13), "the meteor flash," or sheet lightning [Fairbairn].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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