Isaiah 46
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Babylon’s Idols

1Bel crouches; Nebo cowers.

Their idols weigh down beasts and cattle.

The images you carry are burdensome,

a load to the weary animal.

2The gods cower; they crouch together,

unable to relieve the burden;

but they themselves go into captivity.

3Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,

all the remnant of the house of Israel,

who have been sustained from the womb,

carried along since birth.

4Even to your old age, I will be the same,

and I will bear you up when you turn gray.

I have made you, and I will carry you;

I will sustain you and deliver you.

5To whom will you liken Me or count Me equal?

To whom will you compare Me, that we should be alike?

6Those who pour out their bags of gold

and weigh out silver on scales

hire a goldsmith to fashion it into a god

so they can bow down and worship.

7They lift it to their shoulder and carry it along;

they set it in its place, and there it stands,

not budging from that spot.

They cry out to it, but it does not answer;

it saves no one from his troubles.

8Remember this and be brave;

take it to heart, you transgressors!

9Remember what happened long ago,

for I am God, and there is no other;

I am God, and there is none like Me.

10I declare the end from the beginning,

and ancient times from what is still to come,

saying: ‘My purpose will stand,

and all My good pleasure I will accomplish.’

11I summon a bird of prey from the east,

a man for My purpose from a far-off land.

Truly I have spoken, truly I will bring it to pass.

I have planned it, I will surely do it.

12Listen to Me, you stubborn people,

far removed from righteousness:

13I am bringing My righteousness near;

it is not far away, and My salvation will not be delayed.

I will grant salvation to Zion

and adorn Israel with My splendor.


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