46 Bel bows down and Nebo bends low [C important gods of Babylon]. Their ·idols [images] ·are carried by animals [L belong to beasts and cattle]. The statues are only heavy loads carried by tired animals. 2 ·These gods will all ·bow [stoop and bow] down. They cannot save themselves but will all be carried away ·like prisoners [into captivity].
3 “·Family [L House] of Jacob, listen to me! All ·you people from Israel who are still alive [the remnant of the house of Israel], listen! I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from ·your birth [L the womb]. 4 Even when you are old, I ·will be the same [L am he]. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will ·take care of [sustain; carry] you. I made you and will carry you. I will ·take care of [sustain; carry] and ·save [rescue] you.
5 “To whom can you compare me? ·No one [Who…?] is equal to me or ·like [comparable to] me. 6 Some people ·are rich with gold [L pour out gold from their bags] and weigh their silver on the scales. They hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god. Then they bow down and worship it. 7 They put it on their shoulders and carry it. They set it in its place, and there it stands; it cannot move from its place. People may ·yell at [or cry out to] it, but it cannot answer. It cannot save them from their troubles.
8 “Remember this, and ·do not forget it [be firm/steadfast]! Think about these things, you ·who turn against God [rebels; transgressors]. 9 Remember ·what happened long ago [L the former things of antiquity]. Remember that I am God, and there is no other God. I am God, and there is no one like me. 10 From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end. ·A long time ago [From ancient times] I told you things that have not yet happened. ·When I plan something, it happens [L …saying, “My counsel will stand”]. What I want to do, I will do. 11 I am calling a man from the east to carry out my plan; he will come like a ·hawk [bird of prey; eagle] from a country far away. I will make what I have said come true; I will do what I have planned. 12 Listen to me, you stubborn ·people [hearted], who are far from ·what is right [righteousness]. 13 I ·will soon do the things that are right [L am bringing my righteousness near]. ·I will bring salvation soon[L It is not far away]. I will save ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple] ·and bring glory to Israel [L Israel, my splendor/glory].”
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