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Isaiah 46

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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
1“This is the end for Babylon's gods!
Bel and Nebo once were worshipped,
but now they are loaded on donkeys,
a burden for the backs of tired animals.
2The idols cannot save themselves;
they are captured and carried away.
This is the end for Babylon's gods!
3“Listen to me, descendants of Jacob,
all who are left of my people.
I have cared for you from the time you were born.
4I am your God and will take care of you
until you are old and your hair is grey.
I made you and will care for you;
I will give you help and rescue you.
5“With whom will you compare me?” says the LORD.
“Is there anyone else like me?
6People open their purses and pour out gold;
they weigh out silver on the scales.
They hire a goldsmith to make a god;
then they bow down and worship it!
7They lift it to their shoulders and carry it;
they put it in place, and there it stands,
unable to move from where it is.
If anyone prays to it, it cannot answer
or save him from disaster.
8“Remember this, you sinners;
consider what I have done.
9Remember what happened long ago;
acknowledge that I alone am God
and that there is no one else like me.
10From the beginning I predicted the outcome;
long ago I foretold what would happen.
I said that my plans would never fail,
that I would do everything I intended to do.
11I am calling a man to come from the east;#46.11 a man to come from the east: See 41.2.
he will swoop down like a hawk
and accomplish what I have planned.
I have spoken, and it will be done.
12“Listen to me, you stubborn people
who think that victory is far away.
13I am bringing the day of victory near —
it is not far away at all.
My triumph will not be delayed.
I will save Jerusalem
and bring honour to Israel there.”