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TitleIsaiah 46
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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Idols Have No Power (46:1–7)


46 1Bel bows down;
Nebo stoops;

their false gods are carried by beasts of burden;
your loads are borne by weary beasts.

2They stoop;
they bow down together.

They cannot deliver the burden,
and they themselves go into captivity.

The Lord

3Hearken to Me, O house of Jacob,
and all of the remnant of the house of Israel,

who were carried by Me from the belly,[1]
who were borne from the womb;

4and even to your old age, I am He;
to gray hair, I will carry.

I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and rescue.

5To whom will you liken Me and consider Me equal,
and compare Me that we may be alike?

6Those who pour gold from a bag
and weigh silver in the scales,

hire a goldsmith,
and he makes it into a god;

they bow down,
and they worship.

7They lift it upon the shoulder;
they carry it.

They set it in its place,
and it stands;
it cannot move from its place.

If [they][2] cry to it,
it does not answer
nor save him from his trouble.


The Lord Will Accomplish All His Purposes (46:8–13)

The Lord

8Remember this and stand firm;
take it to heart, O transgressors.
9Remember the former things of old,

for I am God, and there is no other God,
and there is none like Me.

10Declaring the end from the beginning,
and from ancient times, that which has not been done.

Saying, “My counsel will stand,
and I will do that which I desire.”

11Calling a bird of prey from the east,
a man of My counsel from a far country.

Indeed, I have spoken, I will bring it to pass:
As I have purposed, indeed, I will do it.

12Listen to Me, you stubborn of heart,
you who are far from righteousness.

13I bring My righteousness near;
it is not far off.

And My salvation will not delay.
I will give salvation in Zion, My glory to Israel. 


[1] The Hebrew verb ‘ms, translated here “borne,” sometimes refers to a beast of burden laden with a heavy load.

[2] From JST.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 46:1