Isaiah 46

God will send Cyrus to beat Babylon

1 Bel bends down. Nebo lies low. Animals that can carry heavy things carry those idols. The animals carry the idols, which are very heavy. They are very heavy for tired animals.

2 The false gods fall down and they lie together. The animals cannot carry the heavy weights. The false gods themselves go away into another country as slaves.

3 ‘Listen to me, you people who live in Jacob. Listen to me, everyone who remains from the people in Israel. I have helped you since you began to live inside your mother. And I have carried you since you were born.

4 I will do that even until you are old. I will do it until you have grey hairs. I am he who will supply everything. I will supply everything that you need. I have made you and I will carry you. I will supply everything that you need. And I will save you.

5 No god is like me! Bel, or Nebo are not as good as me. You cannot say that any god is like me. You cannot say that I am the same as them.

6 Some people pour out gold from a bag. And they weigh out silver on the scales. Then they pay someone who can work with gold. He makes it into a god. Then they bend down and they worship it!

7 They lift it on to their shoulders and they carry it. They put it in its place and it stands there. It cannot move from that place. If anyone shouts out to it, it does not answer. It cannot save anybody from his troubles.

8 Remember this and fix it in your mind. Do not forget it, you people who fight against me.

9 Remember the things that happened a long time ago. I am God and there is no other God. I am God and there is nobody like me.

10 I told you at the beginning what will happen at the end. I told you from a long time ago about future things that will happen. I am the Person who says this: My purpose will not change. And I will do everything that I want to do.

11 I will send someone from the east like a bird that catches small animals. And I will get a man from a country that is a long way from here. He will cause my purposes to happen. I really will do the things that I have promised to do. I have made a plan and I will really cause it to happen.

12 Listen to me, you people who will not change your minds. Listen, you people who are not righteous in any way.

13 Soon, I will come. And I will do what is right. I am not a long way from you. I will not wait for a long time. I will come and I will save you. I will save the people in Zion. I will make Israel beautiful.’