1Bel boweth down , Nebostoopeth , their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden ; they are a burden to the weary beast.
They stoop , they bow downtogether; they could not deliver the burden, but themselvesa are gone into captivity.3Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:4
And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made , and I will bear ; even I will carry , and will deliver you.
To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal , and compare me, that we may be like ?
They lavishgold out of the bag, and weighsilver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith ; and he maketh it a god: they fall down , yea, they worship .
They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place , and he standeth ; from his place shall he not remove : yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer , nor save him out of his trouble.8Remember this, and shew yourselves men : bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors .
9Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is nonelike me,
10Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done , saying , My counsel shall stand , and I will do all my pleasure:11Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a farcountry: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
12Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted , that are far fromrighteousness:13
I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off , and my salvation shall not tarry : and I will placesalvation in Zion for Israel my glory.