Douay-Rheims Bible

Isaiah 46

The idols of Babylon could not save themselves.

Isaiah 46:1 Bel is broken, Nebo is destroyed: their idols are put upon beasts and cattle, your burdens of heavy weight even unto weariness. Isaiah 46:2 They are consumed, and are broken together: they could not save him that carried them, and they themselves shall go into captivity.

God saveth his people to the end.

Isaiah 46:3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel who are carried by my bowels, are borne up by my womb. Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age I am the same, and to your grey hairs I will carry you: I have made you, and I will bear: I will carry and will save.

Idols are not comparable to God for power,

Isaiah 46:5 To whom have you likened me, and made me equal, and compared me, and made me like? Isaiah 46:6 You that contribute gold out of the bag, and weigh out silver in the scales: and hire a goldsmith to make a god: and they fall down and worship. Isaiah 46:7 They bear him on their shoulders and carry him, and set him in his place, and he shall stand, and shall not stir out of his place. Yea, when they shall cry also unto him, he shall not hear: he shall not save them from tribulation. Isaiah 46:8 Remember this, and be ashamed: return, ye transgressors, to the heart. Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former age, for I am God, and there is no God beside, neither is there the like to me: Isaiah 46:10 Who shew from the beginning the things that shall be at last, and from ancient times the things that as yet are not done, saying: My counsel shall stand, and all my will shall be done: Isaiah 46:11 Who call a bird from the east, and from a far country the man of my own will, and I have spoken, and will bring it to pass: I have created, and I will do it.

or present salvation.

Isaiah 46:12 Hear me, O ye hardhearted, who are far from justice. Isaiah 46:13 I have brought my justice near, it shall not be afar off: and my salvation shall not tarry. I will give salvation in Sion, and my glory in Israel.

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