46 The gods Bel and Nebo[a] are down on their knees, as wooden images of them are carried away on weary animals.[b] 2 They are down on their knees to rescue the heavy load, but the images are still taken to a foreign country.
3 You survivors in Israel, listen to me, the Lord. Since the day you were born, I have carried you along. 4 I will still be the same when you are old and gray, and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe.
5 Can anyone compare with me? Is anyone my equal? 6 Some people hire a goldsmith and give silver and gold to be formed into an idol for them to worship. 7 They carry the idol on their shoulders, then put it on a stand, but it cannot move.
They call out to the idol when they are in trouble, but it doesn’t answer, and it cannot help. 8 Now keep this in mind,[c] you sinful people. And don’t ever forget it.
The Lord Alone Is God
9 I alone am God! There are no other gods; no one is like me. Think about what happened many years ago. 10 From the very beginning, I told what would happen long before it took place.
I kept my word 11 and brought someone from a distant land to do what I wanted. He attacked from the east, like a hawk swooping down. Now I will keep my promise and do what I planned.
12 You people are stubborn and far from being safe, so listen to me. 13 I will soon come to save you. I am not far away and will waste no time; I take pride in Israel and will save Jerusalem.
46.1Bel and Nebo: Bel was another name for Marduk, the chief god of the Babylonians. Nebo was the son of Marduk and also an important god.
46.1as. . . animals: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
46.8Now. . . mind: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Try Bible Gateway Plus, a brand-new service that lets you experience Bible Gateway free of banner ads! It also gives you instant access to over 40 Bible study and inspirational devotional books, including the NIV Study Bible. With Bible Gateway Plus, you can experience and understand God's Word in life-changing new ways, without the distraction of ads. Try it free for 30 days—you can cancel at any time. Following your 30-day free trial, Bible Gateway Plus is only $3.99/month.