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Babylon’s Idols Will Go into Captivity

46 The god Bel bows down; the god Nebo stoops low.
    Their statues are seated on animals and cattle.
        The gods that you carry are burdens, a load for weary people.
These gods stoop low and bow down together.
    They aren’t able to escape with heavy loads.
    They go away into captivity.

Listen to me, descendants of Jacob,
    the few people left of the nation of Israel.
        I’ve carried you since your birth.
        I’ve taken care of you from the time you were born.
            Even when you’re old, I’ll take care of you.
            Even when your hair turns gray, I’ll support you.
        I made you and will continue to care for you.
        I’ll support you and save you.

To whom will you compare me and make me equal?
    To whom will you compare me so that we can be alike?

People pour gold out of their bags and weigh silver on scales.
    They hire a goldsmith. He makes it into a god.
    They bow down and worship it.
They lift it on their shoulders and carry it.
    They set the idol in its place, and it stands there.
        It doesn’t move from its place.
        If they cry to it for help, it can’t answer.
        It can’t rescue them from their distress.

Remember this, and take courage.
    Recall your rebellious acts.
Remember the first events,
    because I am El, and there is no other.
        I am Elohim, and there’s no one like me.
10 From the beginning I revealed the end.
    From long ago I told you things that had not yet happened, saying,
    “My plan will stand, and I’ll do everything I intended to do.”
11 I will call a bird of prey from the east.
    I will call someone for my plan from a faraway land.
    I have spoken, and I will bring it about.
    I have planned it, and I will do it.
12 Listen to me, you stubborn people who are far from being righteous.
13 I’ll bring my righteousness near; it isn’t far away.
    My salvation will not be delayed.
        I’ll provide salvation for Zion
            and bring my glory to Israel.

Gods of Babylon

46 Bel(A) bows down, Nebo stoops low;
    their idols(B) are borne by beasts of burden.[a]
The images that are carried(C) 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.(D)

“Listen(E) to me, you descendants of Jacob,
    all the remnant(F) of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,(G)
    and have carried(H) since you were born.(I)
Even to your old age and gray hairs(J)
    I am he,(K) I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain(L) 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?(M)
Some pour out gold from their bags
    and weigh out silver on the scales;
they hire a goldsmith(N) to make it into a god,
    and they bow down and worship it.(O)
They lift it to their shoulders and carry(P) it;
    they set it up in its place, and there it stands.
    From that spot it cannot move.(Q)
Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;(R)
    it cannot save(S) them from their troubles.

“Remember(T) this, keep it in mind,
    take it to heart, you rebels.(U)
Remember the former things,(V) those of long ago;(W)
    I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me.(X)
10 I make known the end from the beginning,(Y)
    from ancient times,(Z) what is still to come.(AA)
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,(AB)
    and I will do all that I please.’
11 From the east I summon(AC) a bird of prey;(AD)
    from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
    what I have planned,(AE) that I will do.(AF)
12 Listen(AG) to me, you stubborn-hearted,(AH)
    you who are now far from my righteousness.(AI)
13 I am bringing my righteousness(AJ) near,
    it is not far away;
    and my salvation(AK) will not be delayed.
I will grant salvation to Zion,(AL)
    my splendor(AM) to Israel.


  1. Isaiah 46:1 Or are but beasts and cattle