1Bel bows down;
Nebo is stooping.
Their idols are on#Literally “to” animals#Hebrew “animal” and on#Literally “to” cattle;
your cargo#Literally “things that are carried” is carried as a burden on#Literally “to” weary animals.
they bow down together.
They are not able to save the burden,
but#Or “and” they themselves go#Literally “their inner self goes” in captivity.
3“Listen to me, house of Jacob,
and all the remnant of the house of Israel
who have been carried from the belly,
who have been carried from the womb:
4Even#Or “And” to your old age I am he;
even#Or “And” to your advanced age I myself will support you.
I myself have made you,
and I myself will carry you,
and I myself will support you,
and I will save you.
5To whom will you liken me,
and count as equal,
and compare with me,
as though#Or “and” we were alike?
6Those who lavish gold from the purse
and weigh out silver in the balance scales;
hire a goldsmith#Literally “one who smelts”
and he makes him a god;
they bow down,
indeed they bow in worship.
7They carry it on their shoulder;
they support it and they set it in its place,
and it stands in position.
It cannot be removed from its place;
even when he cries out to it, it does not answer.
It does not save him from his trouble.
8Remember this and pluck up courage!
Call to mind,#Literally “heart” you transgressors!
9Remember the former things from a long time ago,#Literally “forever”
for I am God and there is none besides me,
God and there is none like me,
10who from the beginning declares the end,
and from before, things that have not been done,
who says, ‘My plan shall stand,’
and, ‘I will accomplish#Or “do” all my wishes,’#Hebrew “wish”
11who calls a bird of prey from the east,
the man of his#The reading tradition (Qere) has “my” plan from a country from afar.
Indeed I have spoken; indeed I will bring it to being.
I have formed it; indeed I will do it.
12Listen to me, strong of heart,
far from righteousness!
13I bring my righteousness near; it is not far.
And my salvation will not delay;
and I will put#Or “give” salvation in Zion,
for Israel my glory.”
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