And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the direction of the east, and its sound was like the sound of many waters, and the earth was radiant with his glory. Bible other translations

“the glory of the God of Israel came.” Ezekiel had been being led around his vision of the future Millennial Temple by a supernatural being, most likely an angel (Ezek. 40:3). Now God Himself returns and takes over and leads Ezekiel just as He had in earlier chapters (cp. Ezek. 8:2). God is surrounded by His glory. He and His glory had left the Temple and Jerusalem due to the sin of the people and gone east (Ezek. 9:3; 10:4, 18; 11:23), now in this vision of the future Millennial Temple, God returns from the east.

[For more on the travels of the glory of God, see commentary on Ezek. 9:3. For more on the glory of Yahweh, see commentary on Ezekiel 1:28].

“sound.” The Hebrew word translated “sound” in the REV can be either “sound” or “voice” (cp. Gen. 3:8). Here, “sound” is the better translation. Ezekiel heard the sound of God coming. The coming of the glory of God, which surrounded God, was the coming of God in his glory. The sound that he heard now was basically the same as what he heard when God appeared to him the first time (Ezek. 1:24), it was the sound made by the quickly beating wings of the cherubim.

Commentary for: Ezekiel 43:2