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1 Bel slumps down, Nebo is stooped over:their idols are loaded upon beasts and cattle;the images you bore aloftare piled as burdens on weary animals. 2 Such godsa altogether sag and bow down,unable to rescue their burden;they themselves go into captivity.
3 Hear me, O house of Jacob,and all you remnant of the house of Israel,who have been a load on me since birth,borne up by me from the womb: 4 Even to your old age, I am present;till you turn grey, it is I who sustain you.It is I who made you, and I who bear you up;it is I who carry and rescue you.
5 To whom will you compare me or count me equal?To whom will you liken me,that we should appear similar? 6 They who squander gold from the purseand weigh out silver on the scaleshire a smith to make them a godthey bow down to and worship. 7 They bear it aloft, carrying it on their shoulders;when they set it in place, there it stands,unable to budge from its spot.Though they cry to it for help, it does not answer;it cannot save them from trouble.
8 Put yourselves in mind of thisand come to your senses;take it to heart, you offenders. 9 Review the prophecies of the events of old!I am God, there is none other.I am divine; nothing resembles me. 10 I foretell the end from the beginning,from ancient times things not yet done.I speak, and my purposes take effect;I accomplish all my will.
11 I summon a bird of prey from the east,from a distant landthe man bwho performs my counsel.bWhat I have spoken, I bring to pass;what I have planned, I do. 12 Hear me, you stubborn-hearted,who are far from righteousness: 13 I have brought near my righteousness;it is not now far off—my salvation shall no longer be delayed.I will grant deliverance in Zion,and to Israel my glory.


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