CHAPTER 46 The Gods of Babylon 46 1Bel bows down, Nebo[I] stoops, their idols set upon beasts and cattle; They must be borne upon shoulders, a load for weary animals. 2They stoop and bow down together; unable to deliver those who bear them, they too go into captivity. 3Hear me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, My burden from the womb, whom I have carried since birth. 4Even to your old age I am he, even when your hair is gray I will carry you; I have done this, and I will lift you up, I will carry you to safety. 5To whom would you liken me as an equal, compare me, as though we were alike? 6There are those who pour out gold from a purse and weigh out silver on the scales; They hire a goldsmith to make it into a god before which they bow down in worship. 7They lift it to their shoulders to carry; when they set it down, it stays, and does not move from the place. They cry out to it, but it cannot answer; it delivers no one from distress. 8Remember this and be firm, take it to heart, you rebels; 9remember the former things, those long ago: I am God, there is no other; I am God, there is none like me. 10At the beginning I declare the outcome; from of old, things not yet done. I say that my plan shall stand, I accomplish my every desire. 11I summon from the east a bird of prey,[J] from a distant land, one to carry out my plan. Yes, I have spoken, I will accomplish it; I have planned it, and I will do it. 12Listen to me, you fainthearted, far from the victory of justice: 13I am bringing on that victory, it is not far off, my salvation shall not tarry; I will put salvation within Zion, give to Israel my glory.
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