Isaiah 46:2

2 They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity.

Read Isaiah 46:2 Using Other Translations

They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
They stoop; they bow down together; they cannot save the burden, but themselves go into captivity.
Both the idols and their owners are bowed down. The gods cannot protect the people, and the people cannot protect the gods. They go off into captivity together.

What does Isaiah 46:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 46:16

And Obadiah the son of Shemaiah
Called Abda the son of Shammua, ( Nehemiah 11:17 )

the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun;
who was Ethan, another of the singers in the time of David:

and Berechiah the son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, that dwelt in the
villages of the Netophathites;
the villages about Netophah, which was in the tribe of Judah, ( 1 Chronicles 2:54 ) , ( Nehemiah 7:26 ) which may be understood either of Elkanah, the ancestor of Berechiah, whose dwelling was there; or of Berechiah, and must be rendered,

who had dwelt there;
for now he dwelt at Jerusalem.

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