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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.
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They stoop, they bow down together;
they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
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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:
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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.
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To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?
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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.
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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.
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Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
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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 counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
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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.
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Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
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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.