Ezekiel 1:9
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New International Version
and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

King James Bible
Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

Darby Bible Translation
their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

World English Bible
their wings were joined one to another; they didn't turn when they went; each one went straight forward.

Young's Literal Translation
joining one unto another are their wings, they turn not round in their going, each straight forward they go.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Their wings were joined one to another - When their wings were extended, they formed a sort of canopy level with their own heads or shoulders; and on this canopy was the throne, and the "likeness of the man" upon it, Ezekiel 1:26.

They turned not when they went - The wings did not flap in flying, or move in the manner of oars, or of the hands of a man in swimming, in order to their passing through the air; as they glided in reference to their feet, so they soared in reference to their wings.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Ezekiel 1:11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another...

2 Chronicles 3:11,12 And the wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits long: one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house...

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing...

they turned

Ezekiel 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: where the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

Ezekiel 10:11,22 When they went, they went on their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place where the head looked they followed it...

Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you...

Luke 9:51,62 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem...

God's Providence
"Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 54: 1908

This State of Prayer not one of Idleness, but of Noble Action, Wrought by the Spirit of God, and in Dependence Upon Him --The Communication Of
Some people, hearing of the prayer of silence, have wrongly imagined that the soul remains inactive, lifeless, and without movement. But the truth is, that its action is more noble and more extensive than it ever was before it entered this degree, since it is moved by God Himself, and acted upon by His Spirit. St Paul desires that we should be led by the Spirit of God (Rom. viii. 14). I do not say that there must be no action, but that we must act in dependence upon the divine movement. This
Jeanne Marie Bouvières—A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents

Covenanting Enforced by the Grant of Covenant Signs and Seals.
To declare emphatically that the people of God are a covenant people, various signs were in sovereignty vouchsafed. The lights in the firmament of heaven were appointed to be for signs, affording direction to the mariner, the husbandman, and others. Miracles wrought on memorable occasions, were constituted signs or tokens of God's universal government. The gracious grant of covenant signs was made in order to proclaim the truth of the existence of God's covenant with his people, to urge the performance
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

An Advance Step in the Royal Programme
(Revelation, Chapters iv. and v.) "We are watching, we are waiting, For the bright prophetic day; When the shadows, weary shadows, From the world shall roll away. "We are watching, we are waiting, For the star that brings the day; When the night of sin shall vanish, And the shadows melt away. "We are watching, we are waiting, For the beauteous King of day; For the chiefest of ten thousand, For the Light, the Truth, the Way. "We are waiting for the morning, When the beauteous day is dawning, We are
by S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation

Cross References
Ezekiel 1:12
Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.

Ezekiel 1:17
As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went.

Ezekiel 10:22
Their faces had the same appearance as those I had seen by the Kebar River. Each one went straight ahead.

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