46:1 Bel boweth down, a Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon
the b beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages [were]
heavily loaded; [they were] a burden to the weary [beast].
(a) These were the chief idols of Babylon.
(b) Because they were of gold and silver, the Medes and
Persians carried them away.
46:2c They stoop, they bow down together; they could not
deliver the burden, but d themselves have gone into
(c) The beasts that carried the idols fell down under their
(d) He derides the idols, who had neither soul nor sense.
46:3 Hearken to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the
house of Israel, which are e borne [by me] from the
birth, which are carried from the womb:
(e) He shows the difference between the idols and the true
God; for they must be carried by others, but God
himself carries his, as in (De 32:11).
46:4 And [even] to [your] old age I [am] he; and [even] to gray
hairs will I carry [you]: f have made, and I will bear;
even I will carry, and will deliver [you].
(f) Seeing I have begotten you, I will nourish and preserve
46:5 To whom will ye liken me, and make [me] equal, and g
compare me, that we may be like?
(g) The people of God setting their own calamity, and the
flourishing estate of the Babylonians, would be tempted
to think that their God was not so mighty as the idols
of their enemies: therefore he describes the original
of all the idols to make them to be abhorred by all
men: showing that the most that can be spoken in their
commendation, is but to prove them vile.
46:8 Remember this, and show yourselves men: bring [it] again to
h mind, O ye transgressors.
(h) Become wise, meaning, that all idolaters are without
wit or sense, like mad men.
46:11 Calling a ravenous i bird from the east, the man that
executeth my k counsel from a far country: yea, I have
spoken [it], I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed
[it], I will also perform it.
(i) That is, Cyrus, who will come as swift as a bird and
fight against Babylon.
(k) Him by whom I have appointed to execute that which I
46:12 Hearken to me, ye stubborn in heart, that [are] far from
(l) Who by your incredulity would prevent the performance
of my promise.
46:13 I bring m near my righteousness; it shall not be far
off, and my salvation shall not delay: and I will place
salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
(m) He shows that man's incredulity cannot abolish the
promise of God, (Ro 3:3).