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Dead Idols and the Living God

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.

2 They stoop, they bow down together;

They could not deliver the burden,

cBut have themselves gone into captivity.

3 “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,

And all the remnant of the house of Israel,

dWho have been upheld by Me from 1birth,

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;

My salvation wshall not 3linger.

And I will place xsalvation in Zion,

For Israel My glory.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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