The failure of the Babylonian gods (Isa 46:1-46:2)

“Bel bows down.

Nebo stoops.

Their idols are on beasts.

Their idols are on cattle.

These things you carry

Are loaded

Like burdens on weary animals.

They stoop.

They bow down together.

They cannot save the burden.

But they themselves

Go into captivity.”

Second Isaiah talks about the failure of the Babylonian gods. Bel or Bel-Marduk was the chief god of the Babylonians. He was like the lord god. Nebo or Nabu was the son of Marduk, a Babylonian god that was a scribe or wise person. Both of them failed. They had to bow down and stoop before others. These gods had to be carried away on the backs of beasts and animals, since they were incapable of helping themselves as they went into captivity.

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The helpless think that God has forgotten them (Ps 10:10-10:11)

“They stoop.

They crouch.

The helpless fall by their might.

They think in their heart.

‘God has forgotten.

God has hidden his face.

God will never see them.’”

The helpless fall because the wicked stoop, crouch and attack. The helpless ones think that God has forgotten about them. God has hidden his face so that he cannot see them.