1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops; their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle; the things you carried about have become a load, a burden for the weary.
2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but they 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 the belly, who are lifted from the womb;
4 [even] to old age I [am] He; and to gray hairs I will bear [you]. I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver [you].
5 To whom will you compare Me, and make [Me] equal, and compare Me, that we may be alike?
6 They pour gold out of the bag, and weigh silver out of the measuring rod, [and] hire a goldsmith; and he makes it a god; they fall down, yea, they bow down.
7 They carry 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 be a man; return [it] on [your] heart, O sinners.
9 Remember former things from forever; for I [am] God, and no other [is] God, even none like Me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning, and from the past things which were not done, saying, My purpose shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure;
11 calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my purpose from a far country. Yes, I have spoken, I will also cause it to come; I have formed; yes, I will do it.
12 Listen to me, stubborn-hearted who [are] far from righteousness;
13 I bring near My righteousness. It shall not be far off, and My salvation shall not wait; and I will place salvation in Zion, My glory for Israel.