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Ezekiel 1:18

    Ezekiel 1:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    As for their rims, they were high and dreadful; and they four had their rims full of eyes round about.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And I saw that they had edges, and their edges, even of the four, were full of eyes round about.

    Webster's Revision

    As for their rims, they were high and dreadful; and they four had their rims full of eyes round about.

    World English Bible

    As for their rims, they were high and dreadful; and the four of them had their rims full of eyes all around.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    As for their rings, they were high and dreadful; and they four had their rings full of eyes round about.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ezekiel 1:18

    As for their rings - The strakes which form the rim or periphery.

    They were dreadful - They were exceedingly great in their diameter, so that it was tremendous to look from the part that touched the ground to that which was opposite above.

    Were full of eyes - Does not this refer to the appearance of nails keeping on the spokes, or strakes or bands upon the rim?

    Barnes' Notes on Ezekiel 1:18

    Rings - The felloes (circumference) of the wheels: they were both high and terrible. The "eyes" may have been no more than dazzling spots adding to their brilliancy. But it seems more likely that they had a symbolic meaning expressing either the universal fulfillment of God's will through His creation (2 Chronicles 16:9; compare Ezekiel 10:12), or the constant and unceasing praise which His works are ever rendering to Him Revelation 4:8. The power of nature is no blind force. it is employed in the service of God's Providence, and the stamp of reason is impressed all over it. It is this very thing that makes the power of nature terrible to him who is at enmity with God.

    Wesley's Notes on Ezekiel 1:18

    1:18 The rings - The circumference of the wheels. Dreadful - Their very height imprest a fear on the beholder. Them four - Every one of the four wheels. How fitly do the wheels, their motion, their height, and eyes, signify the height, unsearchableness, wisdom, and vigilance of the Divine Providence.