Isaiah 46 TNIV

Gods of Babylon

1 Bel1 bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols2 are borne by beasts of burden.a The images that are carried3 about are burdensome, a burden for the weary.

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    • a 46:1 - Or "are but beasts and cattle"
      2 They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity.4

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      3 "Listen5 to me, house of Jacob, all the remnant6 of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth,7 and have carried8 since you were born.9

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      4 Even to your old age and gray hairs10 I am he,11 I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain12 you and I will rescue you.

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      5 "With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?13

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      6 Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith14 to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it.15

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      7 They lift it to their shoulders and carry16 it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move.17 Though people cry out to it, it does not answer;18 it cannot save19 them from their troubles.

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          8 "Remember20 this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels.21

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          9 Remember the former things,22 those of long ago;23 I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.24

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          10 I make known the end from the beginning,25 from ancient times,26 what is still to come.27 I say, 'My purpose will stand,28 and I will do all that I please.'

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          11 From the east I summon29 a bird of prey;30 from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned,31 that I will do.32

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          12 Listen33 to me, you stubborn-hearted,34 you who are now far from my righteousness.35

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          13 I am bringing my righteousness36 near, it is not far away; and my salvation37 will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion,38 my splendor39 to Israel.

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