1611 King James Bible

Isaiah 46

The idols of Babylon could not save themselves.

Isaiah 46:1 Bel boweth downe, Nebo stoupeth, their idoles [were] vpon the beasts, and vpon the cattell: your carriages [were] heauie loaden, they [are] a burden to the wearie [beast]. Isaiah 46:2 They stoupe, they bow downe together, they could not deliuer the burden, but themselues are gone into captiuitie.

God saveth his people to the end.

Isaiah 46:3 Hearken vnto me, O house of Iacob, and al the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne [by me], from the belly, which are caried from the wombe. Isaiah 46:4 And euen to [your] old age I am he, and euen to hoare haires will I cary [you]: I haue made, and I will beare, euen I wil cary and wil deliuer [you].

Idols are not comparable to God for power,

Isaiah 46:5 To whom wil ye liken me, and make [me] equall, and compare me, that we may be like? Isaiah 46:6 They lauish gold out of the bagge, and weigh siluer in the balance, [and] hire a goldsmith, and hee maketh it a god: they fall downe, yea they worship. Isaiah 46:7 They beare him vpon the shoulder, they cary him and set him in his place, and hee standeth; from his place shall he not remooue: yea one shall cry vnto him, yet can he not answere, nor saue him out of his trouble. Isaiah 46:8 Remember this, and shew your selues men: bring it againe to minde, O ye transgressours. Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old, for I [am] God, and [there is] none else, I [am] God, and [there is] none like me, Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsell shall stand, and I wil doe all my pleasure: Isaiah 46:11 Calling a rauenous bird from the East, the man that executeth my counsell from a farre countrey; yea I haue spoken [it], I will also bring it to passe, I haue purposed [it], I will also doe it.

or present salvation.

Isaiah 46:12 Hearken vnto me, ye stout hearted, that [are] farre from righteousnesse. Isaiah 46:13 I bring neere my righteousnesse: it shall not bee farre off, and my saluation shall not tarie; and I wil place saluation in Zion for Israel my glorie.

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