1Bel has fallen [the false consciousness of the meaning of Midsummer], Nabu is broken to pieces [the false oracle of Babylon], their graven images are given over to the wild beasts and the cattle: ye take them packed up as a burden to the weary, exhausted, starving, and helpless,
2who will not be able to save themselves from the war coming upon them, but they themselves are led away captive.
3Hear me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of Israel, who are borne by me from the womb, and taught by me from infancy, even to old age:
4I Am; and even when ye shall have grown old, I Am: I bear you up, for I have made, and I will revive, I will take up and save you.
5To whom have ye compared me? Observe, and consider well, ye that have gone astray.
6They that furnished gold out of a purse, and silver by weight, weighed it in a scale, and they hired a goldsmith and make their idols, to bow down and worship them.
7They bore it upon the shoulder, and went forth; and if they put it upon its place, it remains, it cannot move: and whosoever shall cry to it, it cannot hear him; it cannot save him from the tribulation.
8Remember ye these things, and mourn: repent, ye that have gone astray, return in your very heart;
9and remember the former things that were of old: for I am God, and there is none other beside me,
10telling beforehand the End from the Beginning, and they are accomplished together: and I said, all my counsel shall stand, and I will do all things that I have planned:
11calling a ravenous bird from the east, and from a land far away, for the things which I have planned: I have spoken, and brought him; I have created and made him; I have brought him, and prospered his way.
12Hearken to me, ye senseless ones, that are far from righteousness:
13I bring near my righteousness, and I will not be slow with the salvation that is from me: I have given salvation in Zion in Israel for glory.