Dead Idols and the Living God
1Bel #Is. 21:9; Jer. 50:2bows down, Nebo stoops;
Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle.
Your carriages were heavily loaded,
#Jer. 10:5A burden to the weary beast.
2They stoop, they bow down together;
They could not deliver the burden,
#Judg. 18:17, 18, 24; 2 Sam. 5:21; Jer. 48:7; Hos. 10:5, 6But have themselves gone into captivity.
3“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
#Deut. 32:11; Ps. 71:6; Is. 63:9Who have been upheld by Me from birth,
Who have been carried from the womb:
4Even to your old age, #Mal. 3:6I am He,
And even to gray hairs #Ps. 48:14I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
5“To#Is. 40:18, 25 whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal
And compare Me, that we should be alike?
6#Is. 40:19; 41:6; Jer. 10:4They lavish gold out of the bag,
And weigh silver on the scales;
They hire a #Is. 44:12goldsmith, and he makes it a god;
They prostrate themselves, yes, they worship.
7#Is. 45:20; 46:1; Jer. 10:5They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it
And set it in its place, and it stands;
From its place it shall not move.
Though #Is. 45:20one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer
Nor save him out of his trouble.
8“Remember this, and show yourselves men;
#Is. 44:19Recall to mind, O you transgressors.
9#Deut. 32:7; Is. 42:9; 65:17Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and #Is. 45:5, 21there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
10#Is. 45:21; 48:3Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, #Ps. 33:11; Prov. 19:21; 21:30; Is. 14:24; 25:1; Acts 5:39; Heb. 6:17‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
11Calling a bird of prey #Is. 41:2, 25from the east,
The man #Is. 44:28who executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed #Num. 23:19I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.
12“Listen to Me, you #Ps. 76:5; Is. 48:4; Zech. 7:11, 12; Mal. 3:13stubborn-hearted,
#(Rom. 10:3)Who are far from righteousness:
13#(Rom. 1:17)I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off;
My salvation #Hab. 2:3shall not linger.
And I will place #Is. 62:11; Joel 3:17; (1 Pet. 2:6)salvation in Zion,
For Israel My glory.