1The vision of Obadiah.

Edom’s Certain Judgment

This is what the Lord God has said about Edom: a

We have heard a message from the Lord; b
a messenger has been sent c among the nations:
“Rise up, d and let us go to war against her.”
= Edom

2 Look, I will make you insignificant f
among the nations;
you will be deeply despised.
3 Your presumptuous heart has deceived you, g
you who live in clefts of the rock
Or in Sela; probably = Petra
Probably Petra
in your home on the heights,
who say to yourself,
“Who can bring me down to the ground?” k
4 Though you seem to soar
Or to build high
like an eagle m
and make your nest among the stars, n
even from there I will bring you down.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

5 If thieves came to you, o
if marauders by night
how ravaged you would be! –
wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?
If grape pickers came to you,
wouldn’t they leave some grapes? p
6 How Esau will be pillaged, q
his hidden treasures searched out! r
7 Everyone who has a treaty with you s
will drive you to the border;
everyone at peace with you
will deceive and conquer you.
Those who eat your bread t
will set
Some LXX mss, Sym, Tg, Vg; MT reads They will set your bread as
a trap for you.
He will be unaware of it. v
8 In that day
this is the Lord’s declaration

will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edom w
and those who understand
from the hill country of Esau?
9 Teman,
= a region or city in Edom
y your warriors z will be terrified
so that everyone from the hill country of Esau
will be destroyed by slaughter. aa

Edom’s Sins against Judah

10 You will be covered with shame
and destroyed forever
because of violence done to your brother Jacob. ab
11 On the day you stood aloof, ac
on the day strangers captured his wealth,
Or forces

while foreigners entered his
gate(s): The center for community discussions, political meetings, and trying of court cases
and cast lots for Jerusalem, af
you were just like one of them. ag
12 Do not
Or You should not throughout vv. 12-14
gloat over your brother ai
in the day of his calamity;
do not rejoice over the people of Judah aj
in the day of their destruction;
do not boastfully mock
Lit not make your mouth big
in the day of distress. am
13 Do not enter the gate of My people
in the day of their disaster. an
Yes, you – do not gloat over their misery
in the day of their disaster
and do not appropriate their possessions ao
in the day of their disaster.
14 Do not stand at the crossroads
Hb obscure
to cut off their fugitives,
and do not hand over their survivors
in the day of distress.

Judgment of the Nations

15 For the Day of the Lord ar is near,
against all the nations. as
As you have done, at so it will be done to you;
what you deserve will return on your own head. au
16 As you have drunk on My holy mountain, av
so all the nations will drink continually. aw
They will drink and gulp down
and be as though they had never been.
17 But there will be a deliverance on Mount
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
Zion, ay
and it will be holy; az
the house of Jacob will dispossess ba
those who dispossessed them.
DSS, LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg; MT reads Jacob will possess its inheritance
18 Then the house of Jacob will be a blazing fire, bd
and the house of Joseph, a burning flame,
but the house of Esau will be stubble;
Lit they
will set them on fire and consume Edom.
Lit them

Therefore no survivor will remain bg
of the house of Esau,
for the Lord has spoken.

Future Blessing for Israel

19 People from the
Negev: An >arid region in the southern part of Israel; the Hebrew word means "south".
Negev will possess bi
the hill country of Esau; bj
those from the Judean foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines. bk
= The house of Jacob
will possess
the territories of Ephraim and Samaria, bm
while Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20 The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah
Or of this host of the Israelites; Hb obscure

and who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath bo
as well as the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the cities of the Negev. bp
21 Saviors
Or Those who have been delivered
will ascend Mount Zion br
to rule over the hill country of Esau,
but the kingdom will be the Lord’s. bs

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