1:15 Then I looked, 1 and I saw one wheel 2 on the ground 3 beside each of the four beings. 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their construction 4 was like gleaming jasper, 5 and all four wheels looked alike. Their structure was like a wheel within a wheel. 6 1:17 When they moved they would go in any of the four directions they faced without turning as they moved.
1 tc The MT adds “at the living beings” which is absent from the LXX.
3 tn The Hebrew word may be translated either “earth” or “ground” in this context.
4 tc This word is omitted from the LXX.
5 tn Heb “Tarshish stone.” The meaning of this term is uncertain. The term has also been translated “topaz” (NEB); “beryl” (KJV, NASB, NRSV); or “chrysolite” (RSV, NIV).
6 tn Or “like a wheel at right angles to another wheel.” Some envision concentric wheels here, while others propose “a globe-like structure in which two wheels stand at right angles” (L. C. Allen, Ezekiel [WBC], 1:33-34). The description given in v. 17 favors the latter idea.