Ezekiel 10:15-22

 

 

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Ezekiel 10:15 Then the cherubim rose up. They are the living beings that I saw by the river Chebar.
Young's Literal: And the cherubs are lifted up, it is the living creature that I saw by the river Chebar.
Amplified: And the cherubim mounted upward. This is the [same] living creature [the four regarded as one] that I saw by the river Chebar [in Babylonia].

THEN THE CHERUBIM ROSE UP: (Ezek 10:18,19; 8:6; 11:22; Hosea 9:12)

THEY ARE THE LIVING BEINGS THAT I SAW BY THE RIVER CHEBAR. (Ezek 10:20, 1:5,13,14 43:3)

 

Ezekiel 10:16 Now when the cherubim moved, the wheels would go beside them; also when the cherubim lifted up their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels would not turn from beside them.
Young's Literal: And in the going of the cherubs, the wheels go beside them; and in the cherubs lifting up their wings to be high above the earth, the wheels turn not round, even they, from being beside them.
Amplified: And when the cherubim went, the wheels went beside them; and when the cherubim lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the wheels did not turn from beside them.

NOW WHEN THE CHERUBIM MOVED, THE WHEELS WOULD GO BESIDE THEM; ALSO WHEN THE CHERUBIM LIFTED UP THEIR WINGS TO RISE FROM THE GROUND, THE WHEELS WOULD NOT TURN FROM BESIDE THEM.  (Ezek 1:19-21)

 

Ezekiel 10:17 When the cherubim stood still, the wheels would stand still; and when they rose up, the wheels would rise with them, for the spirit of the living beings was in them.

Young's Literal: In their standing they stand, and in their exaltation they are exalted with them: for the living spirit is in them.
Amplified: When those stood still, these stood still; and when those mounted up, these [the wheels] mounted up also, for the spirit of life was in these [wheels].(5)

WHEN THE CHERUBIM STOOD STILL, THE WHEELS WOULD STAND STILL; AND WHEN THEY ROSE UP, THE WHEELS WOULD RISE WITH THEM, FOR THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING BEINGS WAS IN THEM. (Ezek 1:12,20,21) (Ge 2:7; Ro 8:2; Rev11:11)

 

Ezekiel 10:18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim.
Young's Literal: And go forth doth the honour of Jehovah from off the threshold of the house, and standeth over the cherubs,
Amplified: Then the glory of the Lord [the Shekinah, cloud] went forth from above the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim.

THEN THE GLORY OF THE LORD (Shekinah) DEPARTED FROM THE THRESHOLD OF THE TEMPLE AND STOOD OVER THE CHERUBIM:  (Ezek 10:4; 7:20, 21, 22; Ps 78:60,61; Je6:8; 7:12-14; Ho9:12; Mt 23:37, 38, 39) (Ezek 10:3,4; Ge3:24; 2Ki2:11; Ps18:10; 68:17,18)

"Then the glory of the Lord went out from the doorstep of the house, and came to rest over the winged ones" (BBE)

"Glory of the LORD departed" The withdrawal of God's Shekinah glory cloud is depicted and marks one of the saddest moments in the history of Israel. The picture in human terms is of a monarch exiting his throne room, mounting in this case his throne-chariot and beginning to leave the city he loved.

Related Resource: Departure of the Glory of Jehovah from Solomon's Temple

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The threshold" would be the entrance to the Temple, just up the stairs in the picture below.

Craigie comments that "On the Babylonian plain, the creatures that belonged to the temple brought the throne of God to the exiled Ezekiel; here, in their Jerusalem home, they are engaged in taking the throne of God from the temple."
 

SOLOMON'S TEMPLE
(facing eastward)

 

 

Ezekiel 10:19 When the cherubim departed, they lifted their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight with the wheels beside them; and they stood still at the entrance of the east gate of the LORD'S house, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered * over them.
Young's Literal:and the cherubs lift up their wings, and are lifted up from the earth before mine eyes; in their going forth, the wheels also are over-against them, and he standeth at the opening of the east gate of the house of Jehovah, and the honour of the God of Israel is over them from above.
Amplified: And the cherubim lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight, and they went forth with the wheels beside them; and they stood at the entrance of the East Gate of the house of the Lord, and the glory of the God of Israel [the Shekinah, cloud] was over them.

WHEN THE CHERUBIM DEPARTED, THEY LIFTED THEIR WINGS AND ROSE UP FROM THE EARTH IN MY SIGHT WITH THE WHEELS BESIDE THEM: (Ezek 1:17-21; 11:22,23)
 

AND THEY STOOD STILL AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE EAST GATE OF THE LORD'S HOUSE, AND THE GLORY OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL HOVERED OVER THEM (Ezek 8:16)(Ezek 10:1; 1:26, 27, 28)

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The glory of the God of Israel" refer to what is often called the Shekinah glory
 

   EAST
 GATE

 

"The east gate" marks the stepwise departure of the glory of the God of Israel, but in the future will mark the site of His return, Ezekiel recording that "the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate facing toward the east." (Ezek 43:4) The picture below shows the Eastern Gate currently closed. Whether this is the gate that Ezekiel is referring to is irrelevant, for prophecy is clear that Messiah in all His glory will enter triumphantly "by way of the gate facing toward the east".
 


Eastern Gate
(Click image to enlarge)
Temple Mt in background
Graves in front of gate

 

 

Ezekiel 10:20 These are the living beings that I saw beneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar; so I knew that they were cherubim.
Young's Literal: It is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river Chebar, and I know that they are cherubs.
Amplified: This is the living creature [of four combined creatures] that I saw beneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar, and I knew that they were cherubim.

THESE ARE THE LIVING BEINGS THAT I SAW BENEATH THE GOD OF ISRAEL BY THE RIVER CHEBAR; SO I KNEW THAT THEY WERE CHERUBIM. : (Ezek 10:15; 1:22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28; 3:23) (Ezek 1:1) (1Kings 6:29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35; 7:36)

 

Ezekiel 10:21 Each one had four faces and each one four wings, and beneath their wings was the form of human hands.
Young's Literal: Four faces are to each, and four wings to each, and the likeness of the hands of man is under their wings.
Amplified: Each one had four faces and each one had four wings, and what looked like the hands of a man was under their wings.

EACH ONE HAD FOUR FACES AND EACH ONE FOUR WINGS, AND BENEATH THEIR WINGS WAS THE FORM OF HUMAN HANDS. : (Ezek 10:14; 1:8, 9, 10; 41:18,19; Revelation 4:7)

 

Ezekiel 10:22 As for the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the river Chebar. Each one went straight * * ahead
Young's Literal:  As to the likeness of their faces, they are the faces that I saw by the river Chebar, their appearances and themselves; each straight forward they go.
Amplified: And as for the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces which I saw by the river Chebar, with regard to their appearances and themselves; they went every one straight forward.

AS FOR THE LIKENESS OF THEIR FACES, THEY WERE THE SAME FACES WHOSE APPEARANCE I HAD SEEN BY THE RIVER CHEBAR. EACH ONE WENT STRAIGHT AHEAD:  (Ezek 1:10) (Ezek 10:11; 1:12; Hosea 14:9)

 


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