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Ezekiel 1:14 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, the living ones, ran and returned,—like the appearance of a flash of lightning.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And the living creatures are running, and turning back, as the appearance of the flash.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And the living creatures ran and returned like flashes of lightning.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And the liuing creatures ranne, and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [Absent from Manuscript]
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And the living creatures 2416
{2416} Prime
חַי
chay
{khah'-ee}
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
ran 7519
{7519} Prime
רָצָא
ratsa'
{raw-tsaw'}
A primitive root; to run; also to delight in.
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
and returned 7725
{7725} Prime
שׁוּב
shuwb
{shoob}
A primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbially again.
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
as the appearance 4758
{4758} Prime
מַרְאֶה
mar'eh
{mar-eh'}
From H7200; a view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision.
of a flash of lightning. 965
{0965} Prime
בָּזָק
bazaq
{baw-zawk'}
From an unused root meaning to lighten; a flash of lighting.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ezekiel 1:14

_ _ ran and returned — Incessant, restless motion indicates the plenitude of life in these cherubim; so in Revelation 4:8, “they rest not day or night” (Zechariah 4:10).

_ _ flash of lightning — rather, as distinct from “lightning” (Ezekiel 1:13), “the meteor flash,” or sheet lightning [Fairbairn].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ezekiel 1:4-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ezekiel 1:14

Ran — They ran into the lower world, to do what was to be done there: and when they had done, returned as a flash of lightning, to the upper world, to the vision of God. Thus we should be in the affairs of this world: though we run into them we must not repose in them, but our souls must presently return like lightning, to God, their rest and center.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ezekiel 1:14

And the living beings ran and (i) returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

(i) That is, when they had executed God's will: for before they returned not till God had changed the state of things.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 147:15 He sendeth forth his commandment [upon] earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
Daniel 9:21 Yea, whiles I [was] speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Zechariah 2:3-4 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him, ... And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited [as] towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:
Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel [with] those seven; they [are] the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Mark 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
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Ps 147:15. Dn 9:21. Zc 2:3; 4:10. Mt 24:27, 31. Mk 13:27.

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