King James Version (KJV)
26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
1:26-28 – The throne above the firmament has an occupant described as a man obscured by the brilliance of fire. The important lesson for Ezekiel was that God was present in Babylonia as well as in Jerusalem.
1:28 The glory of the Lord refers to God in all His fullness, especially as He interacts with man [Ex.33: 17-34:9]. It is a favorite theme of Ezekiel, used 16 times in the book. Ezekiel sees this glory both leave the temple and later return to another temple. I fell upon my face: A common response when Ezekiel is in God’s presence.
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Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts