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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 46

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1Bel c Babylonian deities. is bowed, Nebo c Babylonian deities. is cowering, Their images are a burden for beasts and cattle; The things you d Emendation yields “they.” would carry [in procession] Are now piled as a burden On tired [beasts]. 2They cowered, they bowed as well, They could not rescue the burden, a Emendation yields “him who carried [them]”; cf. Targum. And they themselves went into captivity.

3Listen to Me, O House of Jacob, All that are left of the House of Israel, Who have been carried since birth, Supported since leaving the womb: 4Till you grow old, I will still be the same; When you turn gray, it is I who will carry; I was the Maker, and I will be the Bearer; And I will carry and rescue [you].

5To whom can you compare Me Or declare Me similar? To whom can you liken Me, So that we seem comparable? 6Those who squander gold from the purse And weigh out silver on the balance, b Lit. “beam [of the balance].”c‐ They hire a metal worker to make it into a god, To which they bow down and prostrate themselves. 7They must carry it on their backs and transport it; When they put it down, it stands, It does not budge from its place. If they cry out to it, it does not answer; It cannot save them from their distress. 8Keep this in mind, and c‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. stand firm! ‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Take this to heart, you sinners! 9Bear in mind what happened of old; For I am God, and there is none else, I am divine, and there is none like Me. 10I foretell the end from the beginning, And from the start, things that had not occurred. I say: My plan shall be fulfilled; I will do all I have purposed. 11I summoned that swooping bird from the East; d I.e., Cyrus; cf. 41.2–3; 44.28–45.1 . From a distant land, the man for My purpose. I have spoken, so I will bring it to pass; I have designed it, so I will complete it. 12Listen to Me, you e‐ Septuagint reads, “who have lost heart.” stubborn of heart, ‐e Septuagint reads, “who have lost heart.” Who are far from victory: 13I am bringing My victory close; It shall not be far, And My triumph shall not be delayed. I will grant triumph in Zion To Israel, in whom I glory.

Notes:

c Babylonian deities.

d Emendation yields “they.”

a Emendation yields “him who carried [them]”; cf. Targum.

b Lit. “beam [of the balance].”c‐

c Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

d I.e., Cyrus; cf. 41.2–3; 44.28–45.1 .

e‐e Septuagint reads, “who have lost heart.”

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