1 Bel bowed down; Nebo is fallen; their images were placed [upon] animals and upon beasts [of burden] that will carry you, laden with yourselves, burden of weariness.
2 They stoop, they are fallen together; they could not escape from the burden, and their soul had to go into captivity.
3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne [by me] from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
4 And [even] to [your] old age I [am] he, and [even] to grey hairs I will carry [you]; I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will deliver [you].
5 To whom will ye 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 [and] hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god; they fall down and worship.
7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him and set him in his place. There he is; he does not move from his place; they cry unto him, and neither does he answer, nor save from the tribulation.
8 Remember this, and be ashamed, bring [it] again to mind, O ye transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old, for I [am] God, and [there is] no one else; [I am] God, and [there is] no one like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executes my counsel from a far country; I have spoken [it]; I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed [it]; I will also do it.
12 Hearken unto me, ye hard of heart, that [are] far from righteousness;
13 I cause my righteousness to come near; it shall not go away; and my salvation shall not be stayed: and I will place salvation in Zion; and my glory in Israel.: