Isaiah 46:1-13 Reading the Passage

Trust the Lord to Take Care of You – Isaiah 46:1-13

46 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden, they are placed upon the cattle. The images that are carried around are burdensome; they are a burden to the weary beasts. (2) They stoop low and bow down together; they could not bear the burden; rather, they themselves have gone into captivity.

(3) Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all you who remain of the house of Israel—those who have been borne by me from the time of their birth, those who have been carried by me from the time they came out of the womb. (4) Even to your old age I am he—Jehovah, your God; and even when you have gray hairs, I will carry you. I have made you, and I will bear you; indeed, I will carry you and I will deliver you.

(5) To whom can you liken me, and with whom can you equate me, and with whom can you compare me, and whom do I resemble? (6) There are those who pour gold out of their money bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god. Then they bow down to it; indeed, they worship it. (7) They bear their idol upon their shoulder; they carry it and set it in its place, and there it stands—from its place it will not move. One may cry out to it; but it cannot answer, nor can it save him from his troubles.

(8) Remember this, keep it in mind; take this to heart, O you transgressors. (9) Remember the former things of long ago; for I am God and there is none other. I am God, and there is none like me, (10) declaring the end from the beginning and declaring from ancient times things that have not yet occurred. I declare, My purpose shall stand; and I will accomplish all that I please. (11) From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far country I call the man who will fulfill my purpose. Indeed, I have spoken, I will also cause it to happen; that which I have planned, I will also accomplish. (12) Listen to me, you who are stubborn-hearted, you who are far from righteousness. (13) I am going to bring my righteousness near, it shall not be far away; and my salvation shall not tarry. I will grant salvation to Zion for Israel my jewel.

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