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Isaiah 46 International Standard Version (ISV)

God is Unique and Eternal

46 “Bel[a] bows down, Nebo[b] stoops low.
    Their idols are on beasts, on[c] livestock.
        Your loads are more burdensome than their reports.[d]
They stoop, they bow down together,
    and[e] they are not able to rescue the burden,
        but they themselves go off[f] into captivity.

“Listen[g] to me, house of Jacob,
    and all you remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been upheld from before your birth,
    and who have been carried from the womb.
Even[h] until your[i] old age, I am the one,
    and I’ll carry you even until your gray hairs come.[j]
It is I who have created,[k] and I who will carry,
    and it is I who will bear and save.

“To whom will you compare me,
    count me equal,[l] or liken me,
        so that I[m] may be compared?
Those who pour out gold in[n] a purse,
    weigh silver in a balance,
hire a goldsmith in order to make[o] a god,
    and then[p] they bow down and even worship it.
And[q] they lift it on their shoulders, carry it,
    set it up in its place, and there it stands.
        It cannot move[r] from that spot.
One may even call to[s] it, but it cannot answer
    nor save him from his distress.

“Remember this, and stand firm;
    take it again to heart, you rebels.
Remember the former things from long ago,
    Because I am God, and there is no one else;
        I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I declare from the beginning things to follow,[t]
    and from ancient times things that have not yet been done;
saying, ‘My purpose will stand,
    and he[u] will accomplish everything that I please.’
11 I am calling a bird of prey from the east,
    and from a far country a man with his[v] purpose.
Indeed, I’ve spoken;
    I will certainly make it happen;
I’ve planned it;[w]
    and I will certainly carry it out.

12 “Listen to me, you hard-hearted,
    you who are far removed from righteousness:
13 My righteousness is brought near[x] and[y] it’s not far off,
    and my salvation won’t delay.
I’ll[z] grant salvation in Zion,
    and[aa] to Israel, my glory.”


  1. Isaiah 46:1 I.e. the Babylonian sun god Marduk
  2. Isaiah 46:1 I.e. Nabu, the Babylonian god of astronomy and learning, son of Marduk
  3. Isaiah 46:1 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read and on
  4. Isaiah 46:1 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT LXX read burdensome, a load for the weary
  5. Isaiah 46:2 So 1QIsaa; MT lacks and
  6. Isaiah 46:2 So 1QIsaa LXX (pl.); 4QIsab MT (sing.)
  7. Isaiah 46:3 So 1QIsaa (sing.); MT LXX (pl.)
  8. Isaiah 46:4 So 1QIsaa; MT reads and even
  9. Isaiah 46:4 1QIsaa MT LXX lack your
  10. Isaiah 46:4 1QIsaa MT LXX lack come
  11. Isaiah 46:4 Or made
  12. Isaiah 46:5 So 1QIsaa (sing.); 1QIsab MT read consider equal (pl.); LXX reads see
  13. Isaiah 46:5 So 1QIsaa; MT reads we
  14. Isaiah 46:6 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read from
  15. Isaiah 46:6 So 1QIsaa LXX; 4QIsab MT read make it
  16. Isaiah 46:6 Lit. and; so 1QIsaa 1QIsab LXX; MT lacks then
  17. Isaiah 46:7 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX lack And
  18. Isaiah 46:7 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads one cannot remove it
  19. Isaiah 46:7 So 1QIsaa; MT reads may cry out
  20. Isaiah 46:10 So 1QIsaa LXX 4QIsac; MT reads the future
  21. Isaiah 46:10 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab 4QIsac MT LXX read I
  22. Isaiah 46:11 So 1QIsaa 4QIsad MT; 1QIsab MT (vocalization) LXX read of my
  23. Isaiah 46:11 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab 4QIsac MT LXX lack it
  24. Isaiah 46:13 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX 4QIsac read I have brought near;
  25. Isaiah 46:13 So 1QIsaa; MT lacks and
  26. Isaiah 46:13 So 1QIsaa LXX; 1QIsab 4QIsac MT read And I
  27. Isaiah 46:13 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac; 1QIsab 4QIsad MT LXX lack and
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Isaiah 46 New International Version (NIV)

Gods of Babylon

46 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low;
    their idols are borne by beasts of burden.[a]
The images that are carried about are burdensome,
    a burden for the weary.
They stoop and bow down together;
    unable to rescue the burden,
    they themselves go off into captivity.

“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
    all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
    and have carried since you were born.
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.

“With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
    To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?
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.
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.
Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;
    it cannot save them from their troubles.

“Remember this, keep it in mind,
    take it to heart, you rebels.
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 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 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 I will bring about;
    what I have planned, that I will do.
12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted,
    you who are now far from my righteousness.
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.


  1. Isaiah 46:1 Or are but beasts and cattle
New International Version (NIV)

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