length, a river in the "land of the Chaldeans" (Ezek. 1:3), on the banks of which were located some of the Jews of the Captivity (Ezek. 1:1; 3:15, 23; 10:15, 20, 22). It has been supposed to be identical with the river Habor, the Chaboras, or modern Khabour, which falls into the Euphrates at Circesium. To the banks of this river some of the Israelites were removed by the Assyrians (2 Kings 17:6). An opinion that has much to support it is that the "Chebar" was the royal canal of Nebuchadnezzar, the Nahr Malcha, the greatest in Mesopotamia, which connected the Tigris with the Euphrates, in the excavation of which the Jewish captives were probably employed.
This vision was given to him as he stood by the river chebar in the land of the Chaldeans.
Like the prophet by the river chebar, we may behold them as the symbols in a sublime vision.
The Prophet had been transported from the place mentioned in chapter i:1 to Tel-abib, which was also on the river chebar.
This is the living creature that I saw by the river of chebar.
He beheld the same vision as in the beginning by the river chebar only from another viewpoint.
Are these things, as seen by the prophet at the river banks of chebar, even now preparing?
The river chebar is none other than the Khabour, over which we have passed more than once in our “journeyings oft.”
The same vision of glory appeared again to him when Ezekiel had left the river chebar and gone into the plain (iii:22-23).
The book of Ezekiel starts with the description of a great vision, which the prophet had among the captives of the river chebar.
Think of Ezekiel by the river of chebar, with the soft sweep of waters in his ear, and their cool breath upon his cheek.