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.
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