The time of Ezechiel's prophecy: he sees a glorious vision.
1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, when I was in the midst of the captives by the river Chobar, the heavens were opened, and I saw the visions of God.
Et factum est in trigesimo anno, in quarto, in quinta mensis, cum essem in medio captivorum juxta fluvium Chobar, aperti sunt caeli, et vidi visiones Dei.
2 On the fifth day of the month, the same was the fifth year of the captivity of king Joachin,
In quinta mensis, ipse est annus quintus transmigrationis regis Joachim,
3 The word of the Lord came to Ezechiel the priest the son of Buzi in the land of the Chaldeans, by the river Chobar: and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.
factum est verbum Domini ad Ezechielem filium Buzi sacerdotem, in terra Chaldaeorum, sicut flumen Chobar : et facta est super eum ibi manus Domini.
4 And I saw, and behold a whirlwind came out of the north: and a great cloud, and a fire infolding it, and brightness was about it: and out of the midst thereof, that is, out of the midst of the fire, as it were the resemblance of amber:
Et vidi, et ecce ventus turbinis veniebat ab aquilone, et nubes magna, et ignis involvens, et splendor in circuitu ejus : et de medio ejus, quasi species electri, id est, de medio ignis :
5 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.
et in medio ejus similitudo quatuor animalium. Et hic aspectus eorum, similitudo hominis in eis.
6 Every one had four faces, and every one four wings.
Quatuor facies uni, et quatuor pennae uni.
7 Their feet were straight feet, and the sole of their foot was like the sole of a calf's foot, and they sparkled like the appearance of glowing brass.
Pedes eorum, pedes recti, et planta pedis eorum quasi planta pedis vituli : et scintillae quasi aspectus aeris candentis.
8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides: and they had faces, and wings on the four sides,
Et manus hominis sub pennis eorum, in quatuor partibus : et facies et pennas per quatuor partes habebant.
9 And the wings of one were joined to the wings of another. They turned not when they went: but every one went straight forward.
Junctaeque erant pennae eorum alterius ad alterum : non revertebantur cum incederent, sed unumquodque ante faciem suam gradiebatur.
10 And as for the likeness of their faces: there was the face of a man, and the face of a lion on the right side of all the four: and the face of an ox, on the left side of all the four: and the face of an eagle over all the four.
Similitudo autem vultus eorum, facies hominis et facies leonis a dextris ipsorum quatuor, facies autem bovis a sinistris ipsorum quatuor, et facies aquilae desuper ipsorum quatuor.
11 And their faces, and their wings were stretched upward: two wings of every one were joined, and two covered their bodies:
Facies eorum et pennae eorum extentae desuper : duae pennae singulorum jungebantur, et duae tegebant corpora eorum.
12 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.
Et unumquodque eorum coram facie sua ambulabat : ubi erat impetus spiritus, illuc gradiebantur, nec revertebantur cum ambularent.
13 And as for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like that of burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps. This was the vision running to and fro in the midst of the living creatures, a bright fire, and lightning going forth from the fire.
Et similitudo animalium, aspectus eorum quasi carbonum ignis ardentium, et quasi aspectus lampadarum : haec erat visio discurrens in medio animalium, splendor ignis, et de igne fulgur egrediens.
14 And the living creatures ran and returned like flashes of lightning.
Et animalia ibant et revertebantur, in similitudinem fulguris coruscantis.
15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, there appeared upon the earth by the living creatures one wheel with four faces.
Cumque aspicerem animalia, apparuit rota una super terram juxta animalia, habens quatuor facies.
16 And the appearance of the wheels, and the work of them was like the appearance of the sea: and the four had all one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the midst of a wheel.
Et aspectus rotarum et opus earum quasi visio maris : et una similitudo ipsarum quatuor : et aspectus earum et opera quasi sit rota in medio rotae.
17 When they went, they went by their four parts: and they turned not when they went.
Per quatuor partes earum euntes ibant, et non revertebantur cum ambularent.
18 The wheels had also a size, and a height, and a dreadful appearance: and the whole body was full of eyes round about all the four.
Statura quoque erat rotis, et altitudo, et horribilis aspectus : et totum corpus oculis plenum in circuitu ipsarum quatuor.
19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels also went together by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels also were lifted up with them.
Cumque ambularent animalia, ambulabant pariter et rotae juxta ea : et cum elevarentur animalia de terra, elevabantur simul et rotae.
20 Whithersoever the spirit went, thither as the spirit went the wheels also were lifted up withal, and followed it: for the spirit of life was in the wheels.
Quocumque ibat spiritus, illuc, eunte spiritu, et rotae pariter elevabantur sequentes eum : spiritus enim vitae erat in rotis.
21 When those went these went, and when those stood these stood, and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels also were lifted up together, and followed them: for the spirit of life was in the wheels.
Cum euntibus ibant, et cum stantibus stabant : et cum elevatis a terra, pariter elevabantur et rotae sequentes ea, quia spiritus vitae erat in rotis.
22 And over the heads of the living creatures was the likeness of the firmament, as the appearance of crystal terrible to behold, and stretched out over their heads above.
Et similitudo super capita animalium firmamenti, quasi aspectus crystalli horribilis, et extenti super capita eorum desuper.
23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other, every one with two wings covered his body, and the other was covered in like manner.
Sub firmamento autem pennae eorum rectae alterius ad alterum : unumquodque duabus alis velabat corpus suum, et alterum similiter velabatur.
24 And I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, as it were the voice of the most high God: when they walked, it was like the voice of a multitude, like the noise of an army, and when they stood, their wings were let down.
Et audiebam sonum alarum, quasi sonum aquarum multarum, quasi sonum sublimis Dei : cum ambularent, quasi sonus erat multitudinis ut sonus castrorum : cumque starent, demittebantur pennae eorum.
25 For when a voice came from above the firmament, that was over their heads, they stood, and let down their wings.
Nam cum fieret vox super firmamentum quod erat super caput eorum, stabant, et submittebant alas suas.
26 And above the firmament that was over their heads, was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of the sapphire stone, and upon the likeness of the throne, was a likeness as of the appearance of a man above upon it.
Et super firmamentum, quod erat imminens capiti eorum, quasi aspectus lapidis sapphiri similitudo throni : et super similitudinem throni similitudo quasi aspectus hominis desuper.
27 And I saw as it were the resemblance of amber as the appearance of fire within it round about: from his loins and upward, and from his loins downward, I saw as it were the resemblance of fire shining round about.
Et vidi quasi speciem electri, velut aspectum ignis, intrinsecus ejus per circuitum : a lumbis ejus et desuper, et a lumbis ejus usque deorsum, vidi quasi speciem ignis splendentis in circuitu,
28 As the appearance of the rainbow when it is in a cloud on a rainy day: this was the appearance of the brightness round about.
velut aspectum arcus cum fuerit in nube in die pluviae. Hic erat aspectus splendoris per gyrum.