Bel a bows down, Nebo stoops;
Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle.
Your carriages were heavily loaded,
b A burden to the weary beast. 2 They stoop, they bow down together;
They could not deliver the burden,
c But have themselves gone into captivity.
"Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
d Who have been upheld by Me from 1 birth,
Who have been carried from the womb: 4 Even to your old age, e I am He,
And even to gray hairs f I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
"To g whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal
And compare Me, that we should be alike? 6 h They lavish gold out of the bag,
And weigh silver on the scales;
They hire a i goldsmith, and he makes it a god;
They prostrate themselves, yes, they worship. 7 j They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it
And set it in its place, and it stands;
From its place it shall not move.
Though k one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer
Nor save him out of his trouble.
"Remember this, and 2 show yourselves men;
l Recall to mind, O you transgressors. 9 m Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and n there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 o Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, p 'My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,' 11 Calling a bird of prey q from the east,
The man r who executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed s I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.
"Listen to Me, you t stubborn-hearted,
u Who are far from righteousness: 13 v I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off;
My salvation w shall not 3 linger.
And I will place x salvation in Zion,
For Israel My glory.