461 Bel has bowed down , Nebo stoops over ; Their images are consigned to the beasts and the cattle . The things that 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 have themselves gone into captivity . 3 " Listen to Me, O house of Jacob , And all the remnant of the house of Israel , You who have been borne by Me from birth And have been carried from the womb ; 4 Even to your old age I will be the same , And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
5 " To whom would you liken Me And make Me equal and compare Me, That we would be alike ? 6 "Those who lavish gold from the purse And weigh silver on the scale Hire a goldsmith , and he makes it into a god ; They bow down , indeed they worship it. 7 "They lift it upon the shoulder and carry it; They set it in its place and it stands there. It does not move from its place . Though one may cry to it, it cannot answer ; It cannot deliver him from his distress . 8 " Remember this , and be assured ; Recall it to mind , you transgressors . 9 "Remember the former things long past , For I am God , and there is no other ; I am God , and there is no one like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning , And from ancient times things which have not been done , Saying , ' My purpose will be established , And I will accomplish all My good pleasure '; 11 Calling a bird of prey from the east , The man of My purpose from a far country . Truly I have spoken ; truly I will bring it to pass . I have planned it, surely I will do it. 12 " Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded e , Who are far from righteousness . 13 "I bring near My righteousness , it is not far off; And My salvation will not delay . And I will grant salvation in Zion , And My glory for Israel .