New International Version
I heard the wheels being called "the whirling wheels."
King James Bible
As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel.
Darby Bible Translation
As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing, Galgal.
World English Bible
As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing, the whirling [wheels].
Young's Literal Translation
To the wheels -- to them is one calling in mine ears, 'O wheel!'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As for the wheels, it was cried unto them - O wheel - Never was there a more unfortunate and unmeaning translation. The word הגלגל haggalgal, may signify, simply, the roller, or a chariot, or roll on, or the swift roller. And he clepide ilke wheelis volible, or turninge about. Old MS. Bible. Any of these will do: "and as to the wheels," לאופנים laophannim, "they were called in my hearing" הגלגל haggalgal, "the chariot." The gentleman who took for his text "O wheel!" and made God's decree of eternal predestination out of it, must have borrowed some of Rabbi Ananias's three hundred barrels of oil! But such working of God's word cannot be too severely reprehended.
As these wheels are supposed to represent Divine Providence, bringing about the designs of the Most thigh, how like is the above הגלגל haggalgal, taken as a verb, "roll on," to those words of Virgil in his Pollio: -
Talia saela, suis dixerunt, currite, fusis,
Concordes stabili fatorum numine Parcae.
"The Fates, when they this happy web have spun,
Shall bless the sacred clue, and bid it swiftly run."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
it was cried, etc. or, they were called in my hearing, Wheel or Galgal
To a modern taste, Ezekiel does not appeal anything like so powerfully as Isaiah or Jeremiah. He has neither the majesty of the one nor the tenderness and passion of the other. There is much in him that is fantastic, and much that is ritualistic. His imaginations border sometimes on the grotesque and sometimes on the mechanical. Yet he is a historical figure of the first importance; it was very largely from him that Judaism received the ecclesiastical impulse by which for centuries it was powerfully …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
The LORD said to the man clothed in linen, "Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city." And as I watched, he went in.
Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes, as were their four wheels.
Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
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