1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops; their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle; the
things you carried have become a load, a burden to the weary.
2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but they
themselves have gone into captivity.
3 Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who were
carried by Me from the belly, who were sustained from the womb;
4 even to your old age, I am He; and to the gray hairs I will bear you. I have made, and I
will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
5 To whom will you compare Me, and make Me equal; and compare Me, that we may
6 They pour gold out of the bag, and weigh silver out on the measuring rod, and hire a
goldsmith; and he makes it into a god; they prostrate themselves, yea, they bow down.
7 They carry it on the shoulder, they carry it and set it in its place, and it stands; it shall
not move from its place. Yes, one shall cry unto it, yet it cannot answer, nor save him
out of his trouble.
8 Remember this, and be a man; refresh the memory of your heart, you who rebel.
9 Remember the former things from a long time ago; for I am the Mighty God, and there is no other; I am God, and no one else is like Me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning, and from antiquity things which are not yet
done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure;
11 calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes my counsel from a distant land. Indeed, I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have formed it; I will also
12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, who are far from righteousness;
13 I bring near My righteousness. It shall not be far off, and My salvation shall not delay.
And I will place salvation in Zion, My glory for Israel.