1Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low. Their idols are on the animals and on the cattle: these things that you carry around have become a heavy load, a burden to the weary.
2They stoop, they bow down together; they are not able to rescue the burden, but they themselves go off into captivity.
3“Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel who have been carried from the belly, who have been carried from the womb,
4and even to your old age I am he; and even to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made you, and I will bear you, yes, I will carry and will rescue you.
5To whom will you liken me, and make me equal to, and compare me, as though we were alike?
6Some pour out gold from the purse and weigh out silver on the scale. They hire a goldsmith and he makes it into a god. They fall down; indeed, they worship it.
7They lift it upon the shoulder and carry it. They set it in its place, and it stands there. It cannot move from place to place. Though one may cry out to it, yet it cannot answer; it cannot save him out of his trouble.
8Remember this, so you can be brave! Bring it back to your minds, you transgressors.
9Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is none other; I am God, and there is none like me,
10declaring the end from the beginning, and declaring from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel will stand, and I will do all my pleasure,
11calling a bird of prey from the east, the man to fulfill my purpose from a far country; yes, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed and I will do it.’
12Listen to me, you stout-hearted who are far from righteousness:
13I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far off, and my salvation will not delay. And I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.”