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46 Bel abows down, Nebo stoops;
Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle.
Your carriages were heavily loaded,
bA burden to the weary beast.
They could not deliver the burden,
cBut have themselves gone into captivity.
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
Who have been carried from the womb:
4 Even to your old age, eI am He,
And even to gray hairs fI will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
5 “To gwhom will you liken Me, and make Me equal
And compare Me, that we should be alike?
6 hThey lavish gold out of the bag,
And weigh silver on the scales;
They hire a igoldsmith, and he makes it a god;
They prostrate themselves, yes, they worship.
7 jThey bear it on the shoulder, they carry it
And set it in its place, and it stands;
From its place it shall not move.
Though kone cries out to it, yet it cannot answer
Nor save him out of his trouble.
8 “Remember this, and 2show yourselves men;
lRecall to mind, O you transgressors.
9 mRemember the former things of old,
For I am God, and nthere is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
10 oDeclaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, p‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
11 Calling a bird of prey qfrom the east,
The man rwho executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed sI have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.
12 “Listen to Me, you tstubborn-hearted,
uWho are far from righteousness:
13 vI bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off;
And I will place xsalvation in Zion,
For Israel My glory.
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