46 Bel 1 kneels down,
Nebo 2 bends low.
Their images weigh down animals and beasts. 3
Your heavy images are burdensome to tired animals. 4
2 Together they bend low and kneel down;
they are unable to rescue the images; 5
they themselves 6 head off into captivity. 7
3 “Listen to me, O family of Jacob, 8
all you who are left from the family of Israel, 9
you who have been carried from birth, 10
you who have been supported from the time you left the womb. 11
4 Even when you are old, I will take care of you, 12
even when you have gray hair, I will carry you.
I made you and I will support you;
I will carry you and rescue you. 13
5 To whom can you compare and liken me?
Tell me whom you think I resemble, so we can be compared!
6 Those who empty out gold from a purse
and weigh out silver on the scale 14
hire a metalsmith, who makes it into a god.
They then bow down and worship it.
7 They put it on their shoulder and carry it;
they put it in its place and it just stands there;
it does not 15 move from its place.
Even when someone cries out to it, it does not reply;
it does not deliver him from his distress.
8 Remember this, so you can be brave! 16
Think about it, you rebels! 17
9 Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! 18
Truly I am God, I have no peer; 19
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 who announces the end from the beginning
and reveals beforehand 20 what has not yet occurred,
who says, ‘My plan will be realized,
I will accomplish what I desire,’
11 who summons an eagle 21 from the east,
from a distant land, one who carries out my plan.
Yes, I have decreed, 22
yes, I will bring it to pass;
I have formulated a plan,
yes, I will carry it out.
12 Listen to me, you stubborn people, 23
you who distance yourself from doing what is right. 24
13 I am bringing my deliverance near, it is not far away;
I am bringing my salvation near, 25 it does not wait.
I will save Zion; 26
I will adorn Israel with my splendor.” 27
47 “Fall down! Sit in the dirt,
O virgin 1 daughter Babylon!
Sit on the ground, not on a throne,
O daughter of the Babylonians!
Indeed, 2 you will no longer be called delicate and pampered.
2 Pick up millstones and grind flour!
Remove your veil,
strip off your skirt,
expose your legs,
cross the streams!
3 Let your private parts be exposed!
Your genitals will be on display! 3
I will get revenge;
I will not have pity on anyone,” 4
4 says our protector –
the Lord who commands armies is his name,
the Holy One of Israel. 5
5 “Sit silently! Go to a hiding place, 6
O daughter of the Babylonians!
Indeed, 7 you will no longer be called ‘Queen of kingdoms.’
6 I was angry at my people;
I defiled my special possession
and handed them over to you.
You showed them no mercy; 8
you even placed a very heavy burden on old people. 9
7 You said,
‘I will rule forever as permanent queen!’ 10
You did not think about these things; 11
you did not consider how it would turn out. 12
8 So now, listen to this,
O one who lives so lavishly, 13
who lives securely,
who says to herself, 14
‘I am unique! No one can compare to me! 15
I will never have to live as a widow;
I will never lose my children.’ 16
9 Both of these will come upon you
suddenly, in one day!
You will lose your children and be widowed. 17
You will be overwhelmed by these tragedies, 18
despite 19 your many incantations
and your numerous amulets. 20
10 You were complacent in your evil deeds; 21
you thought, 22 ‘No one sees me.’
Your self-professed 23 wisdom and knowledge lead you astray,
when you say, ‘I am unique! No one can compare to me!’ 24
11 Disaster will overtake you;
you will not know how to charm it away. 25
Destruction will fall on you;
you will not be able to appease it.
Calamity will strike you suddenly,
before you recognize it. 26
12 Persist 27 in trusting 28 your amulets
and your many incantations,
which you have faithfully recited 29 since your youth!
Maybe you will be successful 30 –
maybe you will scare away disaster. 31
13 You are tired out from listening to so much advice. 32
Let them take their stand –
the ones who see omens in the sky,
who gaze at the stars,
who make monthly predictions –
let them rescue you from the disaster that is about to overtake you! 33
14 Look, they are like straw,
which the fire burns up;
they cannot rescue themselves
from the heat 34 of the flames.
There are no coals to warm them,
no firelight to enjoy. 35
15 They will disappoint you, 36
those you have so faithfully dealt with since your youth. 37
Each strays off in his own direction, 38
leaving no one to rescue you.”