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The vision of Obadiah.


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

We have heard a message from the Lord;b

an envoy has been sentc among the nations:

“Rise up,d and let’s go to war against her.”A

Look, I will make you insignificante

among the nations;

you will be deeply despised.

Your arrogant heart has deceived you,f

you who live in clefts of the rockB,C,g

in your home on the heights,

who say to yourself,

“Who can bring me down to the ground?”h

Though you seem to soarD like an eaglei

and make your nest among the stars,j

even from there I will bring you down.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

If thieves came to you,k

if marauders by night—

how ravaged you would be!—

wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?

If grape harvesters came to you,

wouldn’t they leave a few grapes?l

How Esau will be pillaged,m

his hidden treasures searched out!n

Everyone who has a treaty with youo

will drive you to the border;

everyone at peace with you

will deceive and conquer you.

Those who eat your breadp

will setE a trap for you.

He will be unaware of it.q

In that day—

this is the Lord’s declaration—

will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edomr

and those who understand

from the hill country of Esau?

Teman,F,s your warriorst will be terrified

so that everyone from the hill country of Esau

will be destroyed by slaughter.u


10 You will be covered with shame

and destroyed forever

because of violence done to your brother Jacob.v

11 On the day you stood aloof,w

on the day strangers captured his wealth,G

while foreigners entered his city gate

and cast lots for Jerusalem,x

you were just like one of them.y

12 Do not* gloat over your brotherz

in the day of his calamity;

do not rejoice over the people of Judahaa

in the day of their destruction;

do not boastfully mockI,ab

in the day of distress.ac

13 Do not enter my people’s city gate

in the day of their disaster.ad

Yes, you—do not gloat over their misery

in the day of their disaster,

and do not appropriate their possessionsae

in the day of their disaster.

14 Do not stand at the crossroadsJ,af

to cut off their fugitives,

and do not hand over their survivors

in the day of distress.


15 For the day of the Lordag is near,

against all the nations.ah

As you have done,ai it will be done to you;

what you deserve will return on your own head.aj

16 As you have drunk on my holy mountain,ak

so all the nations will drink continually.a

They will drink and gulp down

and be as though they had never been.

17 But there will be a deliverance on Mount Zion,b

and it will be holy;c

the house of Jacob will dispossessd

those who dispossessed them.A,e

18 Then the house of Jacob will be a blazing fire,f

and the house of Joseph, a burning flame,

but the house of Esau will be stubble;

JacobB will set them on fire and consume Edom.C

Therefore no survivor will remaing

of the house of Esau,

for the Lord has spoken.


19 People from the Negev will possessh

the hill country of Esau;i

those from the Judean foothills will possess

the land of the Philistines.j

TheyD will possess

the territories of Ephraim and Samaria,k

while Benjamin will possess Gilead.

20 The exiles of the Israelites who are in HalahE

and who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephathl

as well as the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad

will possess the cities of the Negev.m

21 SaviorsF will ascend Mount Zionn

to rule over the hill country of Esau,

and the kingdom will be the Lord’s.o


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