New Living Translation

Isaiah 46

Babylon’s False Gods

1Bel and Nebo, the gods of Babylon,
    bow as they are lowered to the ground.
They are being hauled away on ox carts.
    The poor beasts stagger under the weight.
Both the idols and their owners are bowed down.
    The gods cannot protect the people,
and the people cannot protect the gods.
    They go off into captivity together.

“Listen to me, descendants of Jacob,
    all you who remain in Israel.
I have cared for you since you were born.
    Yes, I carried you before you were born.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime—
    until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
    I will carry you along and save you.

“To whom will you compare me?
    Who is my equal?
Some people pour out their silver and gold
    and hire a craftsman to make a god from it.
    Then they bow down and worship it!
They carry it around on their shoulders,
    and when they set it down, it stays there.
    It can’t even move!
And when someone prays to it, there is no answer.
    It can’t rescue anyone from trouble.

“Do not forget this! Keep it in mind!
    Remember this, you guilty ones.
Remember the things I have done in the past.
    For I alone am God!
    I am God, and there is none like me.
10 Only I can tell you the future
    before it even happens.
Everything I plan will come to pass,
    for I do whatever I wish.
11 I will call a swift bird of prey from the east—
    a leader from a distant land to come and do my bidding.
I have said what I would do,
    and I will do it.

12 “Listen to me, you stubborn people
    who are so far from doing right.
13 For I am ready to set things right,
    not in the distant future, but right now!
I am ready to save Jerusalem[a]
    and show my glory to Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. 46:13 Hebrew Zion.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 46

The False Gods of Babylon

1The gods named Bel and Nebo are brought down in shame.
    The statues of them are being carried away on the backs of animals.
They used to be carried around by the people who worshiped them.
    But now they’ve become a heavy load for tired animals.
The gods named Bel and Nebo are brought down in shame together.
    They aren’t able to save their own statues.
    They themselves are carried off as prisoners.

The Lord says, “Family of Jacob, listen to me.
    Pay attention, you people of Israel who are left alive.
I have taken good care of you since your life began.
    I have carried you since you were born as a nation.
I will continue to carry you even when you are old.
    I will take good care of you even when your hair is gray.
    I have made you, and I will carry you.
I will take care of you, and I will save you.
    I am the Lord.

“Who will you compare me with?
    Who is equal to me?
What am I like?
    Who can you compare me with?
Some people pour out gold from their bags.
    They weigh out silver on the scales.
They hire someone who works with gold to make it into a god.
    They bow down to it and worship it.
They lift it up on their shoulders and carry it.
    They set it up in its place, and there it stands.
    It can’t move from that spot.
Someone might cry out to it.
    But it does not answer.
    It can’t save them from their troubles.
So remember this, you who refuse to obey me.
    Keep it in your minds and hearts.

“Remember what happened in the past.
    Think about what took place long ago.
I am God. There is no other God.
    I am God. There is no one like me.
10 Before something even happens, I announce how it will end.
    In fact, from times long ago I announced what was still to come.
I say, ‘My plan will succeed.
    I will do anything I want to do.’
11 I will send for a man from the east to carry out my plan.
    From a land far away, he will come like a bird that kills its food.
I will bring about what I have said.
    I will do what I have planned.
12 Listen to me, you stubborn people.
    Pay attention, you who now refuse to do what I have said is right.
13 The time is almost here for me to make everything right.
    It is not far away.
    The time for me to save you will not be put off.
I will save the city of Zion.
    I will bring honor to Israel.