Obadiah 1

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Obadiah 1

The vision of Obadiah.

In this manner says the Sovereign Yahweh concerning Edom: We have heard tidings from Yahweh, and an ambassador is sent among the nations, saying, Arise, and let us rise up against her in battle. 2 Behold, I have made you small among the nations: you are greatly despised. 3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, O you that dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that says in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? 4 Though you mount on high as the eagle, and though your nest is set among the stars, I will bring you down from there, says Yahweh.


5 If thieves came to you, if robbers by night, (how are you cut off!) would they not steal only till they had enough? If grape gatherers came to you, would they not leave some gleaning grapes? 6 How are the things of Esau searched! How are his hidden treasures sought out! 7 All the men of your confederacy have brought you on your way, even to the border: the men that were at peace with you have deceived you, and prevailed against you; they that eat your bread lay a snare under you: there is no understanding in him. 8 Shall I not in that day, says Yahweh, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau? 9 And your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one may be cut off from the mount of Esau by slaughter.


10 For the violence done to your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever. 11 In the day that you stood on the other side, in the day that strangers carried away his substance, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even you were as one of them. 12 But do not look on the day of your brother in the day of his disaster, and rejoice not over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither speak proudly in the day of distress. 13 Enter not into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yes, do not look on their affliction in the day of their calamity, neither lay hands on their substance in the day of their calamity. 14 And stand not in the crossways to cut off those of his that escape; and deliver not up those of his that remain in the day of distress.


15 For the day of Yahweh is near upon all the nations: as you have done, it shall be done to you; your dealing shall return upon your own head. 16 For as you have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the nations drink continually; yes, they shall drink, and swallow down, and shall be as though they had not been.


17 But in mount Zion there shall be those that escape, and it shall be holy; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall burn among them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining to the house of Esau; for Yahweh has spoken it. 19 And they of the South shall possess the mount of Esau, and they of the lowland the Philistines; and they shall possess the field of Ephraim, and the field of Samaria; and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. 20 And the captives of this host of the children of Israel, that are among the Canaanites, shall possess even to Zarephath; and the captives of Jerusalem, that are in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the South. 21 And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be Yahweh’s.

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