Babylonia's Gods Are Helpless The LORD said: 46 1The gods Bel and Nebo[F] are down on their knees, as wooden images of them are carried away on weary animals.[G] 2They are down on their knees to rescue the heavy load, but the images are still taken to a foreign country. 3You survivors in Israel, listen to me, the LORD. Since the day you were born, I have carried you along. 4I will still be the same when you are old and gray, and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe. 5Can anyone compare with me? Is anyone my equal? 6Some people hire a goldsmith and give silver and gold to be formed into an idol for them to worship. 7They carry the idol on their shoulders, then put it on a stand, but it cannot move. They call out to the idol when they are in trouble, but it doesn't answer, and it cannot help. 8Now keep this in mind,[H] you sinful people. And don't ever forget it. The LORD Alone Is God 9I alone am God! There are no other gods; no one is like me. Think about what happened many years ago. 10From the very beginning, I told what would happen long before it took place. I kept my word 11 and brought someone from a distant land to do what I wanted. He attacked from the east, like a hawk swooping down. Now I will keep my promise and do what I planned. 12You people are stubborn and far from being safe, so listen to me. 13I will soon come to save you. I am not far away and will waste no time; I take pride in Israel and will save Jerusalem.
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