NASB — Isaiah 46 — KJV

Babylon’s Idols and the True God

  1 aBel has bowed down, Nebo stoops over;
  Their images are [consigned] to the beasts and the cattle.
  The things Ithat you carry are burdensome,
  A load for the weary [beast].
  2 They stooped over, they have bowed down together;
  They could not rescue the burden,
  But Ihave themselves agone into captivity.

[1] ILit carried by you aIs 2:18; 21:9; Jr 50:2-4; 51:44
[2] IOr their soul has aJg 18:17, 18, 24; 2S 5:21; Jr 43:12, 13; 48:7; Ho 10:5, 6

  3 ¶ “aListen to Me, O house of Jacob,
  And all bthe remnant of the house of Israel,
  You who have been cborne by Me from Ibirth
  And have been carried from the womb;
  4 Even to [your] old age aI Iwill be the same,
  And even to [your] IIbgraying years I will bear [you]!
  I have IIIdone [it], and I will carry [you];
  And I will bear [you] and I will deliver [you].

[3] ILit the belly aIs 46:12 bIs 10:21, 22 cPs 71:6; Is 49:1
[4] ILit I am He IILit gray hairs IIIOr made you aIs 41:4; 43:13; 48:12 bPs 71:18

  5 ¶ “aTo whom would you liken Me
  And make Me equal and compare Me,
  That we would be alike?
  6 “Those who alavish gold from the purse
  And weigh silver on the scale
  Hire a goldsmith, and he makes it [into] a god;
  They bbow down, indeed they worship it.
  7 “They alift it upon the shoulder [and] carry it;
  They set it in its place and it stands [there].
  bIt does not move from its place.
  Though one may cry to it, it ccannot answer;
  It dcannot deliver him from his distress.

[5] aIs 40:18, 25
[6] aIs 40:19; 41:7; 44:12-17; Jr 10:4 bIs 44:15, 17
[7] aIs 45:20; 46:1; Jr 10:5 bIs 40:20; 41:7 cIs 41:28 dIs 45:20

  8 ¶ “aRemember this, and be Iassured;
  bRecall it to IImind, you ctransgressors.
  9 “Remember the aformer things long past,
  For I am God, and there is bno other;
  [I am] God, and there is cno one like Me,
  10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
  And from ancient times things which have not been done,
  Saying, ‘aMy purpose will be established,
  And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
  11 Calling a abird of prey from the beast,
  The man of IMy purpose from a far country.
  Truly I have cspoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
  I have planned [it, surely] I will do it.

[8] ILit firm IILit heart aIs 44:21 bIs 44:19 cIs 50:1
[9] aDt 32:7; Is 42:9; 65:17 bIs 45:5, 21 cIs 41:26, 27
[10] aPs 33:11; Pv 19:21; Is 14:24; 25:1; 40:8; Ac 5:39
[11] ILit His aIs 18:6 bIs 41:2 cNu 23:19; Is 14:24; 37:26

  12 ¶ “aListen to Me, you bstubborn-minded,
  Who are cfar from righteousness.
  13 “I abring near My righteousness, it is not far off;
  And My salvation will not delay.
  And I will grant bsalvation in Zion,
  [And] My cglory for Israel.

[12] aIs 46:3 bPs 76:5; Is 48:4; Zc 7:11, 12; Mal 3:13 cPs 119:150; Is 48:1; Jr 2:5
[13] aIs 51:5; 61:11; Ro 3:21 bIs 61:3; 62:11; Jol 3:17; 1P 2:6 cIs 43:7; 44:23


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The idols of Babylon could not save themselves.

1 ¶ Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages [were] heavy loaden; [they are] a burden to the weary [beast]. 2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.

[1] Ex 12:12; 1S 5:3; Is 2:20; 21:9; 41:6; Jr 10:5; 48:1; 50:2; 51:44, 47, 52.
[2] Jg 18:17, 24; 2S 5:21; Is 36:18; 37:12, 19; 44:17; 45:20; Jr 43:12; 48:7.

God saveth his people to the end.

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 hoar hairs will I carry [you]: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver [you].

[3] Ex 19:4; Dt 1:31; 32:11; Ps 22:9; 71:6; 81:8; Is 1:9; 10:22; 11:11; 37:4; 44:1, 21; 48:1, 17; 49:1; 51:1, 7; 63:9; Ezk 16:6.
[4] Ps 48:14; 71:18; 92:14; 102:26; Is 41:4; 43:13, 25; Mal 2:16; 3:6; Ro 11:29; He 1:12; 13:8; Jm 1:17.

Idols are not comparable to God for power,

5 ¶ To whom will ye liken me, and make [me] equal, and compare me, that we may be like? 6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, [and] hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. 7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, [one] shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble. 8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring [it] again to mind, O ye transgressors. 9 Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else; [I am] God, and [there is] none 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 executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken [it], I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed [it], I will also do it.

[5] Ex 15:11; Ps 86:8; 89:6, 8; 113:5; Is 40:18, 25; Jr 10:6, 16; Php 2:6; Col 1:15; He 1:3.
[6] Ex 32:2; Jg 17:3; 1K 12:28; Is 2:8; 40:19; 41:6; 44:12, 17; 45:20; Jr 10:3, 9, 14; Dn 3:5; Ho 8:4; Hab 2:18; Ac 17:29.
[7] Jg 10:12; 1S 5:3; 1K 18:26, 40; Is 37:38; 45:20; Jr 2:28; 10:5; Dn 3:1; Jna 1:5, 14.
[8] Dt 32:29; Ps 115:8; 135:18; Is 44:18; 47:7; Jr 10:8; Ezk 18:28; Hg 1:5, 7; Lk 15:17; 1Co 14:20; Ep 5:14.
[9] Dt 32:7; 33:26; Ne 9:7; Ps 78:1; 105:1; 111:4; Is 42:9; 45:5, 14, 18, 21; 46:5; 65:17; Jr 23:7; Dn 9:6.
[10] Gn 3:15; 12:2; 49:10, 22; Nu 24:17; Dt 4:24; 28:15; Ps 33:11; 135:6; Pv 19:21; 21:30; Is 41:22; 43:13; 44:7; 45:21; 46:11; Dn 4:35; Ac 3:23; 4:27; 5:39; 15:18; Ro 11:33; Ep 1:9; He 6:17.
[11] Nu 23:19; Ezr 1:2; Jb 23:13; Ps 76:10; 119:24; Is 13:2; 14:24; 21:7; 38:15; 41:2, 25; 44:28; 45:1, 13; 48:14; Jr 50:29, 45; 51:20; Ezk 39:4; Ac 4:28; 5:39; Ep 1:11; 3:11.

or present salvation.

12 ¶ Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that [are] far from righteousness: 13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

[12] Ps 49:1; 76:5; 119:150, 155; Pv 1:22; 8:1; Is 28:23; 45:20; 46:3; 48:4; Jr 2:5; Zc 7:11; Mal 3:13; Ac 7:51; Ep 2:13; 5:14; Rv 3:17.
[13] Ps 14:7; 46:1, 5; Is 12:2; 28:16; 43:7; 44:23; 51:5; 60:21; 61:3, 11; 62:11; Jr 33:9; Jol 3:17; Hab 2:3; Hg 1:8; Jn 17:10; Ro 1:17; 3:21; 10:3; Ep 1:6; 2Th 1:10, 12; He 10:37; 1P 2:6.


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