Ezekiel 1:5

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Also out of the midst thereof came the likenesse of foure liuing creatures, and this was their appearance: they had the likenesse of a man.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And in the heart of it were the forms of four living beings. And this was what they were like; they had the form of a man.
- Basic English Bible

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

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.
- Webster's Bible

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

And out of its midst [is] a likeness of four living creatures, and this [is] their appearance; a likeness of man [is] to them,
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ezekiel 1:5


1:5 The likeness - Such a representation of the holy angels as God saw fit to make use of, came out of the midst of the fire: for angels derive their being and power from God: their glory is a ray of his.


Discussion for Ezekiel 1

  • Paul Hai
    A meeting by the River Chebar in Babylon where descendants of exiled Hebrew Pyramid builders gathered to explain what they knew in the presence of priest and scribe Ezekiel, who recorded their knowledge. Wheels within wheels are wooden lobed step-walking machines that when hoisted by rope, step-walked Pyramid blocks upwards, tier by tier progressively and more than two hundred tiers to completion.
  • Lu2677
    Karl, Do you believe Ezekiel 1:3?
  • Karl
    responds to Kenneth; GOOD QUESTION! What did Ezekiel see? The LORD of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samuel, and Elijah (1Kings19) does not seem to be the God of Ezekiel. Perhaps the question we should be asking is not so much WHAT did he see, but WHY did he see it? My interpretation is that this manifestation was meant for a people familiar with Babylonian imagery. Does the LORD need a spaceship?
  • Allan
    The chapter is immensley poetic it is full of symbalism and imagery, it does not refer to spaceships or any other craft but rather beings possiby angelic or maybe human executing God purpose and will. The passage is full of movement colour and tremendous sound, it speaks of a great throne where a man sits upon I and this I believe to be the son of God our Lord Jesus.

  • A Lowe
    who did God send to the people in the book EZEKIEL
  • Spaceship of human beings who have attained a closeness with God that transcends the concept of time allowing them to praise God in all his glory during his visions to the prophets even in a past where they have yet to be born. That's only an hypothesis though but worry not, for there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed and nothing secret that will not be brought to light.

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