Ezekiel 10:1-11:15

God's glory leaves the temple

1 I looked and I saw something like a throne of blue stone. It was high over the heads of the cherubs. 2 The Lord spoke to the man with white clothes. ‘Go between the wheels under the living things,’ he said. ‘See the stones that are burning among the cherubs. Fill your hands with them. Then throw them all over the city.’ The man went in. And I watched him while he went in.

3 The cherubs stood at the south side of the temple. A cloud filled the inside yard. 4 Then the Lord's glory rose up. It went from above the cherubs. Then it moved to the outside door of the temple. The cloud filled the temple. And the Lord's glory shone through the whole inside yard. 5 I could hear the noise of the cherubs' wings as far as the outside yard. The noise was like the voice of the great and powerful God when he speaks.

6 The man in white clothes went and he stood next to a wheel. He did this when the Lord said, ‘Take fire from among the wheels. Take it from under the cherubs.’

7 Then one of the cherubs put his hand into the fire. He took some fire. He put it into the man's hands. Then the man in white clothes went out. 8 (The cherubs had hands under their wings. They were like the hands of a man.)

9 I looked and I saw four wheels next to the cherubs. There was one wheel next to each cherub. And the wheels shone like broken ice. 10 All the four wheels looked the same. Each had a wheel inside a wheel. 11 When the cherubs moved, they could go in any direction. They all moved together to go where they wanted. They did not have to turn round to change their direction. 12 All their bodies were covered with eyes. This included their backs, hands and wings. And eyes covered the wheels. 13 A voice gave the wheels the name, ‘fast moving wheels’.

10:13See Ezekiel 1:15-21.

14 Each of the cherubs had four faces. One face was the face of a bull. And the second was the face of a man. The third face was a lion's face. And the fourth face was the face of an eagle.

15 I had seen the same cherubs by the River Kebar. 16 When they rose in the air, the wheels rose too. They put out their wings to fly. And then the wheels stayed by them. 17 When the cherubs stood still, the wheels also stood still. And when the cherubs rose in the air, the wheels also rose. This was because the same spirit ruled them all. 18 Then the glory of the Lord left the outside door of the temple. It moved to a place above the cherubs. 19 They put out their wings. So they flew up from the earth. And the wheels went with them. They stopped by the east gate of the Lord's house. And the glory of Israel's God was above them.

20 They were the same living things that I had seen before. They were under the God of Israel. And I knew that they were called cherubs. 21 Each of them had four faces and four wings. And they had something that looked like a hand under each wing. 22 Their faces were the same as those that I had seen by the river Kebar. Each of them moved along a straight path.

Ezekiel 11

1 Then the Spirit lifted me and he took me to the Lord's house. We stood by the east gate. I saw Jaazaniah, Azzur's son and Pelatiah, Benaiah's son among them. They were leaders of the people. 2 The Lord spoke to me. ‘These are the men who want to do evil things in this city,’ he said. ‘They are saying wrong things to the people. 3 They are saying, “It will soon be time to build houses. This city is like a pot to cook meat. And we are that good meat.”

4 Son of man, you must prophesy against them.’

5 Then the Lord's Spirit told me what I should say. ‘I know what you are saying, Israel's people. And I know what you want to do. 6 You have killed so many people that the streets are full of dead bodies.’

7 So this is what the Lord God says: ‘The bodies that you threw into the street are the meat. And the city is the pot in which to cook them. But I will push you out of the city. 8 You are afraid of swords. So I will send men with swords to attack you,’ says the Lord God.

9 ‘I will make you run from the city. I will send foreign men to punish you. 10 Their swords will kill you in your own country. This is how I have decided to punish you. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 11 This city will not be like a pot that holds the meat inside it. And you will not be the meat in the pot. I will punish you near the edges of Israel. 12 Then you will know that I am the Lord. This is because you have not obeyed my rules. Instead you have done the same things as the nations round you.’

13 While I was speaking the words from the Lord, Pelatiah, Benaiah's son, died. Then I fell with my face down. And I shouted, ‘Lord God, will you kill all Israel's people who remain?’

14 The Lord spoke to me. 15 ‘Son of man, this is what the people in Jerusalem say. They say that your family and all Israel's people are far away from me. They say that I gave them this country to keep.’