Comparing the visions of Ezekiel and Lehi

The following verses are presented in the same order as in their respective chapters - with the exception of the verses in red from Ezekiel 1 which have been moved to line up with matching verses from 1Nephi 1. For comparison, some text has been deleted as shown, but no words have been rearranged.

Ezekiel 1 Ezekiel sees in vision. About 592BC 1 NOW it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar 2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity…

1 Nephi 1Nephi begins the record Lehi sees in vision 600 B.C. 4 For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); …and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed. 5 … my father, Lehi,…prayed unto the Lord,.. 6 And…there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him (Lehi) 7 …and because of the things which he saw and heard he did quake and tremble exceedingly. And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and he cast himself upon his bed …surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.

3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel… 4 ¶ And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, 28 …And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

5 Also out of the midst (of the fire), …came the likeness of four living creatures (beings). And…their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: 1…the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God…

8 And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, 9 …One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day. 10 And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.

…it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning… 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went… 22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal stretched forth over their heads above. 21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and ……. …for the spirit of the living creature was in the (angels)… 24 … I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, … 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. 26 ¶ And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne,

11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, 12 … he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord. 13 …saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine abominations! 14 …my father…did exclaim Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty!

Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth;
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The following words in black are from First Nephi 1. The words in red are from Ezekiel 1. Even though the Old Testament record of Ezekiel was revealed before Lehi's vision in the Book of Mormon, putting these phrases together with Lehi's vision shown before Ezekiel's vision makes sense in light of the fact that Lehi preceded Ezekiel. No words or phrases have been rearranged.

(1 Nephi 1:5) A Lehi,… B prayed unto the Lord,.. B The word of the LORD came expressly unto A Ezekiel… (Ezekiel 1:3)

(1 Nephi 1:7) A and because of the things which he saw and heard he did quake and tremble exceedingly And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and B he cast himself upon his bed. And when I saw it, B I fell upon my face, and A I heard a voice of one that spake. (Ezekiel 1:28)

(1 Nephi 1:8) And being thus overcome with A the Spirit, he was carried away in B a vision, even that C he saw D the heavens open, and he thought he saw E God sitting E upon his throne, D the heavens were opened, and C I saw B visions of A God… (Ezekiel 1:1)

(1 Nephi 1:10) A and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in B the firmament. And the likeness of B the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was A as the colour of the terrible crystal stretched forth over their heads above. (Ezekiel 1:22)

(1 Nephi 1:12) A he was filled with B the Spirit of the Lord. B …for the spirit of the living creature (Diety) A was in the [angels]… (Ezekiel 1:21)

(1 Nephi 1:14) A Thy throne is B high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; B …above the firmament that was over their heads was A the likeness of a throne, (Ezekiel 1:26)

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