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Isaiah 46

46
XLVI
1Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth;
Their idols are laid upon the beasts, and upon the cattle:
What were borne by you are made into loads,
A burden to the weary beast.
2They stoop, they bow down together:
They are not able to deliver the burden;
But they themselves go into captivity.
3Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel;
Ye that have been borne by me from the belly,
That have been carried from the womb.
4And even to your old age, I am the same;
And even to your gray hairs, I will carry you:
I have made, arid I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
5To whom will ye liken me, and equal me?
And to whom will ye compare me, that we may be like?
6They lavish gold out of the bag,
And weigh silver in the balance;
They hire a goldsmith, and he maketh it a god:
They fall down; yea, they worship him.
7They bear him upon the shoulder; they carry him about;
They set him down in his place, and he standeth:
From his place shall he not remove;
Yea, one shall cry unto him, but he will not answer;
Nor save him from his trouble.
8Remember this, and shew yourselves men:
Bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
9Remember the former things, of old time:
For I am God, arid there is none else;
I am God, and there is none like me:
10Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times, the things that are not yet done;
Saying: My counsel shall stand:
And I will do all my pleasure:
11Calling a ravenous bird from the east,
And the man of my counsel from a far country:
Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass;
I have purposed it; I will also do it.
12Hearken unto me, ye stubborn in heart,
Ye that are far from righteousness:
13I will bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off;
And my salvation shall not tarry:
I will place salvation in Zion,
For Israel my glory.

Isaiah 46

46
There Is No One Like God
1Bel crouches; Nebo cowers.#Jr 50:2–4; 51:44
Idols depicting them are consigned to beasts and cattle.
The images you carry are loaded,
as a burden for the weary animal.
2The gods cower; they crouch together;
they are not able to rescue the burden,
but they themselves go into captivity.#Jdg 18:17–18,24; 2Sm 5:21; Jr 43:12–13; 48:7; Hs 10:5–6
3“Listen to me, house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been sustained from the womb,
carried along since birth.
4I will be the same until your old age,#Ps 71:18
and I will bear you up when you turn gray.
I have made you, and I will carry you;
I will bear and rescue you.
5“To whom will you compare me or make me equal?
Who will you measure me with,
so that we should be like each other?#Is 40:18,25
6Those who pour out their bags of gold
and weigh out silver on scales —
they hire a goldsmith and he makes it into a god.
Then they kneel and bow down to it.#Is 40:19; 41:7; 44:12–17; Jr 10:4
7They lift it to their shoulder and bear it along;#Is 45:20; 46:1; Jr 10:5
they set it in its place, and there it stands;
it does not budge from its place.#Is 40:20; 41:7
They cry out to it but it doesn’t answer;
it saves no one from his trouble.
8“Remember this and be brave;#46:8 Hb obscure
take it to heart, you transgressors!
9Remember what happened long ago,#Dt 32:7; Is 42:9; 65:17
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and no one is like me.
10I declare the end from the beginning,
and from long ago what is not yet done,
saying: my plan will take place,
and I will do all my will.#Ps 33:11; Pr 19:21; Is 5:19; 14:24; 25:1; 40:8; Ac 5:39
11I call a bird of prey#46:11 = Cyrus from the east,#Is 44:28–45:1
a man for my purpose from a far country.
Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about.#Nm 23:19; Is 14:24; 37:26
I have planned it; I will also do it.
12Listen to me, you hardhearted,
far removed from justice:
13I am bringing my justice near;#Is 51:5; 61:11; Rm 3:21
it is not far away,
and my salvation will not delay.
I will put salvation in Zion,
my splendor in Israel.