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1 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.

2 They stoupe, they bow downe together, they could not deliuer the burden, but themselues are gone into captiuitie.

3 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.

4 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.

5 To whom wil ye liken me, and make me equall, and compare me, that we may be like?

6 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.

7 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.

8 Remember this, and shew your selues men: bring it againe to minde, O ye transgressours.

9 Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is none else, I am God, and there is none like me,

10 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:

11 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.

12 Hearken vnto me, ye stout hearted, that are farre from righteousnesse.

13 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.

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Commentary for Isaiah 46

The idols could not save themselves, but God saves his people. (1-4) The folly of worshipping idols. (5-13)1-4 The heathen insulted the Jews, as if their idols Bel and Nebo were too hard for Jehovah. But their worshippers cannot help them; both the idols and the idolaters are gone into captivity. Let not God's people be afraid of either. Those things from which ungodly men expect safety and happiness, will be found unable to save them from death and hell. The true God will never fail his worshippers. The history of the life of every believer is a kind of abstract of the history of Israel. Our spiritual life is upheld by his grace, as constantly as our natural life by his providence. And God will never leave them. The Author will be the Finisher of their well-being, when, by decays, they need help as much as in infancy. This promise to Israel, enfeebled and grown old as a nation, is applicable to every aged follower of Christ. When compassed about with infirmities, and perhaps those around begin to grow weary of you, yet I am He that I have promised to be, He that you would have me to be. I will bear you up; carry you on in your way, and carry you home at last. If we learn to trust in and love him, we need not be anxious about our remaining days or years; he will still provide for us and watch over us, both as the creatures of his power, and as new-created by his Spirit.

5-13 Here the folly of those who made idols, and then prayed to them, is exposed. How does the profuseness of idolaters shame the niggardliness of many who call themselves God's servants, but are for a religion which costs them nothing! The service of sin always costs a great deal. God puts it to them what senseless, helpless things idols are. Let, then, the Jews show themselves men, avoiding such abominations. Many Scripture prophecies, delivered long ago, are not yet fulfilled; but the fulfilling of some is an earnest that the rest will come to pass. Nothing can help more to make us easy, than to be assured that God will do all his pleasure. Even those who know not and mind not God's revealed will, are called and used to fulfil the counsels of his secret will. Heaven and earth shall pass away, sooner than one tittle of the word of God. Obstinate sinners are addressed. Such were far from acceptance, but they were summoned to hearken to the word of the Lord. The salvation of a sinner begins with a humble and contrite heart, that trembles at God's word, with godly sorrow working true repentance, and faith in his mercy, through the obedience unto death of our Divine Surety. Christ, as the Divine righteousness and salvation to his people, would come in the appointed time. His salvation abides in his church for all believers.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 46

  • Obbie Beal
    verse-3 "Hearken unto me..."/ verse-8 "Remember this... / verse-9 "Remember the former things of old..." / verse -12 " Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted"... WOW, WOW, WOW... it is clear as the sun on a cloudless day... woe, woe, woe, unto the nation(s) blessed by God then they go whoring after the gods of men / lust of the flesh, eye, pride
  • BSP
    Verse 9: There is no god that is like Jehovah God. He is the only true God.
  • BSP
    Verse 4 brings out that Jehovah God will lovingly care for us as we grow older.
  • Joyce Ballentine
    MY LORD!!! ITS A BLESSING TO KNOW WHEN PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE WALK AWAY, TURN THEIR BACK ON U, AND FORGET ABOUT U THAT GOD, WHO CREATED US, WILL SUSTAIN AND RESCUE US IN THIS WORLD OF SIN AND EVIL! Isaiah 40:30-31 "Even youths grow tired and fall and young men stumble and fall but those who hope on the Lord will renew their strength......." LORD THANK U FOR SUSTAINING ME
  • Irene123
    T. W. George - What a beautiful posting on 8 11 12
  • BSP
    Verse 10 shows that only Jehovah God can accurately foretell the future in great detail so far in advance.

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