Dead Idols and the Living God

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