The Glory Departs from the Temple
1And I looked, and there in the #Ezek. 1:22, 26firmament that was above the head of the cherubim, there appeared something like a sapphire stone, having the appearance of the likeness of a throne. 2#Ezek. 9:2, 3; Dan. 10:5Then He spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, “Go in among the wheels, under the cherub, fill your hands with #Ps. 18:10–13; Is. 6:6; Ezek. 1:13coals of fire from among the cherubim, and #Rev. 8:5scatter them over the city.” And he went in as I watched.
3Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and the #1 Kin. 8:10, 11cloud filled the inner court. 4#Ezek. 1:28Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, and paused over the threshold of the temple; and #1 Kin. 8:10; Ezek. 43:5the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the Lord’s #Ezek. 11:22, 23glory. 5And the #(Job 40:9); Ezek. 1:24; (Rev. 10:3)sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard even in the outer court, like #(Ps. 29:3)the voice of Almighty God when He speaks.
6Then it happened, when He commanded the man clothed in linen, saying, “Take fire from among the wheels, from among the cherubim,” that he went in and stood beside the wheels. 7And the cherub stretched out his hand from among the cherubim to the fire that was among the cherubim, and took some of it and put it into the hands of the man clothed with linen, who took it and went out. 8#Ezek. 1:8; 10:21The cherubim appeared to have the form of a man’s hand under their wings.
9#Ezek. 1:15And when I looked, there were four wheels by the cherubim, one wheel by one cherub and another wheel by each other cherub; the wheels appeared to have the color of a #Ezek. 1:16beryl stone. 10As for their appearance, all four looked alike—as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 11#Ezek. 1:17When they went, they went toward any of their four directions; they did not turn aside when they went, but followed in the direction the head was facing. They did not turn aside when they went. 12And their whole body, with their back, their hands, their wings, and the wheels that the four had, were #Rev. 4:6, 8full of eyes all around. 13As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing, “Wheel.”
14#1 Kin. 7:29, 36; Ezek. 1:6, 10, 11; Rev. 4:7Each one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, the second face the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. 15And the cherubim were lifted up. This was #Ezek. 1:3, 5the living creature I saw by the River Chebar. 16#Ezek. 1:19When the cherubim went, the wheels went beside them; and when the cherubim lifted their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also did not turn from beside them. 17#Ezek. 1:12, 20, 21When the cherubim stood still, the wheels stood still, and when one was lifted up, the other lifted itself up, for the spirit of the living creature was in them.
18Then #Ezek. 10:4the glory of the Lord #Hos. 9:12departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim. 19And #Ezek. 11:22the cherubim lifted their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight. When they went out, the wheels were beside them; and they stood at the door of the #Ezek. 11:1east gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.
20#Ezek. 1:22This is the living creature I saw under the God of Israel #Ezek. 1:1by the River Chebar, and I knew they were cherubim. 21#Ezek. 1:6, 8; 10:14; 41:18, 19Each one had four faces and each one four wings, and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings. 22And #Ezek. 1:10the likeness of their faces was the same as the faces which I had seen by the River Chebar, their appearance and their persons. #Ezek. 1:9, 12They each went straight forward.