Isa 46:1
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.

Isa 46:2
46:2 {c} 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.

Isa 46:3
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.

Isa 46:4
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
         you forever.

Isa 46:5
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.

Isa 46:8
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.

Isa 46:11
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
          have determined.

Isa 46:12
46:12 Hearken to me, ye stubborn in heart, that [are] far from
      {l} righteousness:

      (l) Who by your incredulity would prevent the performance
          of my promise.

Isa 46:13
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.

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