Ezekiel 1:14
New International Version
The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

New Living Translation
And the living beings darted to and fro like flashes of lightning.

English Standard Version
And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Berean Study Bible
The creatures were darting back and forth as quickly as flashes of lightning.

New American Standard Bible
And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

New King James Version
And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.

King James Bible
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Christian Standard Bible
The creatures were darting back and forth like flashes of lightning.

Contemporary English Version
The creatures themselves moved as quickly as sparks jumping from a fire.

Good News Translation
The creatures themselves darted back and forth with the speed of lightning.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The creatures were darting back and forth like flashes of lightning.

International Standard Version
The living beings moved around, in appearance resembling lightning.

NET Bible
The living beings moved backward and forward as quickly as flashes of lightning.

New Heart English Bible
The living creatures darted back and forth, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

A Faithful Version
And the living creatures kept running back and forth, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The living creatures ran back and forth like lightning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

New American Standard 1977
And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

King James 2000 Bible
And the living creatures ran back and forth like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

American King James Version
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

American Standard Version
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And in the midst of the living creatures there was an appearance as of burning coals of fire, as an appearance of lamps turning among the living creatures; and the brightness of fire, and out of the fire came forth lightning.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the living creatures ran and returned like flashes of lightning.

Darby Bible Translation
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

English Revised Version
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

World English Bible
The living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Young's Literal Translation
And the living creatures are running, and turning back, as the appearance of the flash.
Study Bible
The Four Living Creatures
13In the midst of the living creatures was the appearance of glowing coals of fire, or of torches. Fire moved back and forth between the living creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. 14The creatures were darting back and forth as quickly as flashes of lightning.
Cross References
Matthew 24:27
For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Luke 17:24
For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so will be the Son of Man in His day.

Zechariah 4:10
For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven eyes of the LORD, which scan the whole earth, will rejoice when they see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand."

Treasury of Scripture

And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Psalm 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, …









Lexicon
The creatures
וְהַחַיּ֖וֹת (wə·ha·ḥay·yō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

were darting back and forth
רָצ֣וֹא (rā·ṣō·w)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 7519: To run, to delight in

as quickly as
כְּמַרְאֵ֖ה (kə·mar·’êh)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4758: Sight, appearance, vision

flashes of lightning.
הַבָּזָֽק׃ (hab·bā·zāq)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 965: A flash of lightning
(14) A flash of lightning.--Not only was the appearance of the cherubim thus glittering, but also their speed as they "ran and returned" was that of the lightning.

The vision up to this point, so far as we may venture to interpret its object, seems designed to show forth the power and activity, the irresistible energy of the agencies employed for the fulfilment of the Divine purposes, and at the same time their perfectly harmonious action, controlled by one supreme will. We now enter upon a fresh phase of the vision, in which the same things are represented still further by an additional and peculiar symbolism.

Verse 14. - Ran and returned. Compare the "to and fro" of Zechariah 4:10. The comparison implies at once suddenness (as in Matthew 24:27) and overwhelming brightness.
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