1 aBel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a bburden to the weary beast.
2 aThey 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 aremnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
4 And even to your aold age I am he; and even to bhoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will ccarry, and will ddeliver you.
5 ¶ To whom will ye aliken 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 aworship.
7 They abear 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 bcry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
8 Remember this, and shew yourselves amen: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
9 aRemember the bformer things of old: for cI am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is dnone like me,
10 aDeclaring the bend from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My ccounsel shall stand, and I will do all my dpleasure:
11 Calling a aravenous bird from the beast, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have cspoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
12 ¶ Hearken unto me, ye astouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my asalvation shall not btarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.