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46 Bel crouches; Nebo cowers.m
Idols depicting them are consigned to beasts and cattle.
The images you carry are loaded,
as a burden for the weary animal.
they are not able to rescue the burden,
but they themselves go into captivity.n
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been sustained from the womb,
carried along since birth.
4 I will be the same until your old age,o
and I will bear you up when you turn gray.
I have made you, and I will carry you;
I will bear and rescue you.
Who will you measure me with,
so that we should be like each other?p
and weigh out silver on scales—
they hire a goldsmith and he makes it into a god.
Then they kneel and bow down to it.q
7 They lift it to their shoulder and bear it along;r
they set it in its place, and there it stands;
it does not budge from its place.s
They cry out to it but it doesn’t answer;
it saves no one from his trouble.
8 “Remember this and be brave;B
take it to heart, you transgressors!
9 Remember what happened long ago,t
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and no one is like me.
and from long ago what is not yet done,
saying: my plan will take place,
and I will do all my will.u
a man for my purpose from a far country.
Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about.w
I have planned it; I will also do it.
far removed from justice:
13 I am bringing my justice near;x
and my salvation will not delay.
I will put salvation in Zion,
my splendor in Israel.
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