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Isaiah 46

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 1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops; their idols were carried upon the beasts and the cattle; your carriages were heavy loaded, a burden to the weary beast.

 2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not rescue the burden, but themselves have gone into captivity.

 3 "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who are borne by me from birth, who are carried from the womb:

 4 Even to your old age I am he, and even to gray hairs I will carry you; I have made, and I will bear; I will carry, and will deliver you.

 5 To whom will you liken me, and make me equal and compare me, that we may be alike?

 6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance; they hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god. They fall down, yes, they worship it.

 7 They bear 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 to it, yet it cannot answer, nor save him out of his trouble.

 8 Remember this, and show yourselves men; bring it to mind again, O you transgressors.

 9 Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, 'My purpose shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.'

 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man who executes my purpose from a far country. Yes, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

 12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, who are far from righteousness:

 13 I bring my righteousness near, it shall not be far off. My salvation shall not tarry, and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory."


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