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Bel boweth downe, Nebo stoupeth, their idoles were vpon the beasts, and vpon the cattell: your carriages were heauie loaden, they are a burden to the wearie beast.
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They stoupe, they bow downe together, they could not deliuer the burden, but themselues are gone into captiuitie.
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Hearken vnto me, O house of Iacob, and al the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me, from the belly, which are caried from the wombe.
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And euen to your old age I am he, and euen to hoare haires will I cary you: I haue made, and I will beare, euen I wil cary and wil deliuer you.
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To whom wil ye liken me, and make me equall, and compare me, that we may be like?
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They lauish gold out of the bagge, and weigh siluer in the balance, and hire a goldsmith, and hee maketh it a god: they fall downe, yea they worship.
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They beare him vpon the shoulder, they cary him and set him in his place, and hee standeth;
from his place shall he not remooue: yea one shall cry vnto him, yet can he not answere, nor saue him out of his trouble.
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Remember this, and shew your selues men: bring it againe to minde, O ye transgressours.
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Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is none else, I am God, and there is none like me,
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Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsell shall stand, and I wil doe all my pleasure:
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Calling a rauenous bird from the East, the man that executeth my counsell from a farre countrey;
yea I haue spoken it, I will also bring it to passe, I haue purposed it, I will also doe it.
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Hearken vnto me, ye stout hearted, that are farre from righteousnesse.
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I bring neere my righteousnesse: it shall not bee farre off, and my saluation shall not tarie;
and I wil place saluation in Zion for Israel my glorie.