Ezekiel 10:9
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New International Version
I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim four wheels, one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like topaz.

King James Bible
And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.

Darby Bible Translation
And I looked, and behold, four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside one cherub, and another wheel beside another cherub; and the appearance of the wheels was as the look of a chrysolite stone.

World English Bible
I looked, and behold, four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside one cherub, and another wheel beside another cherub; and the appearance of the wheels was like a beryl stone.

Young's Literal Translation
and I look, and lo, four wheels near the cherubs, one wheel near the one cherub, and another wheel near the other cherub, and the appearance of the wheels is as the colour of a beryl stone.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The color of a beryl stone - אבן תרשיש eben Tarshish, "the stone of Tarshish." The Vulgate translates it chrysolith; Symmachus, the jacinct; the Septuagint, the carbuncle. In the parallel place, Ezekiel 1:16, it is כעין תרשיש keeyn Tarshish, "like the eye of Tarshish;" i.e., the color of tarshish, or the stone so called, which the Vulgate translates visio maris, "like the sea," i.e., azure. The beryl is a gem of a green color, passing from one side into blue, on the other side into yellow. The chrysolith is also green, what is called pistachio green; but the chrysolith of the ancients was our topaz, which is of a fine wine yellow. The beryl, or chrysolith, is most likely what is here meant by tarshish. One name among the ancients served for several kinds of gems that were nearly of the same color. The moderns go more by chemical characters than by color.

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Ezekiel 1:15-17 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel on the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces...

as the

Daniel 10:6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire...

Revelation 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth...

a beryl. Tarshish is generally rendered by the LXX and the Vulgate the chrysolite, so called by the ancients (from [] gold and [] a stone) because of it fine gold yellow colour. It is now called by the moderns the topaz; is a very beautiful and valuable gem in its pure and perfect state, though very rarely found so; and the finer pieces of it are in hardness second only to the diamond. The Vulgate, however, in ch.

Ezekiel 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like to the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness...

, renders, quasi visio maris, `as the appearance of the seas,' i. e. azure; and Dr. Geddes (on

Exodus 28:10 Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth.

) says, that, with Abarbanel, the believes the beryl to be intended. It is a pellucid gem, called by our lapidaries, aqua marian, of a sea or bluish green colour, found in the East Indies and about the gold mines of Peru. The genuine Beryl never receives any other mixture of colour; and in its perfect state approaches the hardness of garnet.

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To a modern taste, Ezekiel does not appeal anything like so powerfully as Isaiah or Jeremiah. He has neither the majesty of the one nor the tenderness and passion of the other. There is much in him that is fantastic, and much that is ritualistic. His imaginations border sometimes on the grotesque and sometimes on the mechanical. Yet he is a historical figure of the first importance; it was very largely from him that Judaism received the ecclesiastical impulse by which for centuries it was powerfully
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Revelation 21:20
the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.

Ezekiel 1:15
As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces.

Ezekiel 1:16
This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.

Ezekiel 10:8
(Under the wings of the cherubim could be seen what looked like human hands.)

Ezekiel 10:10
As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel.

Daniel 10:6
His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.

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