46:1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops; their idols are on the beasts, and on the cattle: the things that you+ carried about are made a load, a burden to the weary [beast].
46:2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but their soul has gone into captivity.
46:3 Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne [by me] from their birth, who have been carried from the womb;
46:4 and even to old age, I am he, and even to hoar hairs I will carry [you+]; I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry, and will deliver.
46:5 To whom will you+ liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?
46:6 Such as lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, they hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god; they fall down, yes, they worship.
46:7 They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it, and set it in its place, and it stands, from its place it will not remove: yes, one may cry to it, yet it can't answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
46:8 Remember this, and show yourselves men; bring it again to mind, O you+ transgressors.
46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is no other; [I am] God, and there is none like me;
46:10 declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not [yet] done; saying, My counsel will stand, and I will do all my pleasure;
46:11 calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country; yes, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed, I will also do it.
46:12 Listen to me, you+ stout-hearted, who are far from righteousness:
46:13 I bring near my righteousness, it will not be far off, and my salvation will not tarry; and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
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