1 Bel boweth down,
Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the
cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden
to the weary beast.
2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver
the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of
the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which
are carried from the womb:
4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will
I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry,
and will deliver you.
5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me,
that we may be like?
6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance,
and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down,
yea, they worship.
7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him
in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove:
yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save
him out of his trouble.
8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to
mind, O ye transgressors.
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,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times
the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will do all my pleasure:
11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth
my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will
also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and
my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in
Zion for Israel my glory.
1 Come down, and
sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground:
there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt
no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make
bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be
seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.
4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy
One of Israel.
5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of
the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of
6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance,
and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy;
upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.
7 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou
didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember
the latter end of it.
8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures,
that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am,
and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither
shall I know the loss of children:
9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one
day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon
thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries,
and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said,
None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted
thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else
11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know
from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou
shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon
thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude
of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth;
if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now
the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators,
stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them;
they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame:
there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before
15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured,
even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every
one to his quarter; none shall save thee.
1 Hear ye this,
O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and
are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the
name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but
not in truth, nor in righteousness.
2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves
upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.
3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and
they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them
suddenly, and they came to pass.
4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an
iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
5 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before
it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine
idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image,
hath commanded them.
6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it?
I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things,
and thou didst not know them.
7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before
the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say,
Behold, I knew them.
8 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that
time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest
deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from
9 For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise
will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have
chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it:
for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory
12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he;
I am the first, I also am the last.
13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and
my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them,
they stand up together.
14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath
declared these things? The LORD hath loved him: he will do his
pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought
him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in
secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there
am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel;
I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth
thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had
thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves
of the sea:
19 Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of
thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have
been cut off nor destroyed from before me.
20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with
a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the
end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant
21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts:
he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave
the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.