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Isaiah 46 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The god Bel falls down, god Nebo slumps. The no-god hunks of wood are loaded on mules And have to be hauled off, wearing out the poor mules - 1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. The images that are carried about are burdensome, a burden for the weary.
2 Dead weight, burdens who can't bear burdens, hauled off to captivity. 2 They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity.
3 "Listen to me, family of Jacob, everyone that's left of the family of Israel. I've been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, 3 "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth.
4 And I'll keep on carrying you when you're old. I'll be there, bearing you when you're old and gray. I've done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you. 4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
5 "So to whom will you compare me, the Incomparable? Can you picture me without reducing me? 5 "To whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?
6 People with a lot of money hire craftsmen to make them gods. The artisan delivers the god, and they kneel and worship it! 6 Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it.
7 They carry it around in holy parades, then take it home and put it on a shelf. And there it sits, day in and day out, a dependable god, always right where you put it. Say anything you want to it, it never talks back. Of course, it never does anything either! 7 They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move. Though one cries out to it, it does not answer; it cannot save him from his troubles.
8 "Think about this. Wrap your minds around it. This is serious business, rebels. Take it to heart. 8 "Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels.
9 Remember your history, your long and rich history. I am God, the only God you've had or ever will have - incomparable, irreplaceable - 9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
10 From the very beginning telling you what the ending will be, All along letting you in on what is going to happen, Assuring you, 'I'm in this for the long haul, I'll do exactly what I set out to do,' 10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
11 Calling that eagle, Cyrus, out of the east, from a far country the man I chose to help me. I've said it, and I'll most certainly do it. I've planned it, so it's as good as done. 11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.
12 "Now listen to me: You're a hardheaded bunch and hard to help. 12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are far from righteousness.
13 I'm ready to help you right now. Deliverance is not a long-range plan. Salvation isn't on hold. I'm putting salvation to work in Zion now, and glory in Israel. 13 I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel.