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Obadiah 1–21

Edom Will Be Humbled

1 The vision of Obadiah.

Thus says the Lord 1God concerning aEdom—

bWe have heard a report from the Lord,

And an cenvoy has been sent among the nations saying,

dArise and let us go against her for battle”—

2 “Behold, I will make you asmall among the nations;

You are greatly despised.

3 “The aarrogance of your heart has deceived you,

You who live in the clefts of 1the brock,

In the loftiness of your dwelling place,

Who say in your heart,

cWho will bring me down to earth?’

4 “Though you abuild high like the eagle,

Though you set your nest among the bstars,

From there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord.

5 “If athieves came to you,

If 1robbers by night—

O how you will be ruined!—

Would they not steal only 2until they had enough?

If grape gatherers came to you,

bWould they not leave some gleanings?

6 “O how Esau will be aransacked,

And his hidden treasures searched out!

7 “All the amen 1allied with you

Will send you forth to the border,

And the men at peace with you

Will deceive you and overpower you.

They who eat your bbread

Will set an ambush for you.

(There is cno understanding 2in him.)

8 “Will I not on that day,” declares the Lord,

aDestroy wise men from Edom

And understanding from the mountain of Esau?

9 “Then your amighty men will be dismayed, O bTeman,

So that everyone may be ccut off from the mountain of Esau by slaughter.

10 “Because of aviolence to your brother Jacob,

1You will be covered with shame,

bAnd you will be cut off forever.

11 “On the day that you astood aloof,

On the day that strangers carried off his wealth,

And foreigners entered his gate

And bcast lots for Jerusalem—

cYou too were as one of them.

12 “aDo not 1gloat over your brother’s day,

The day of his misfortune.

And bdo not rejoice over the sons of Judah

In the day of their destruction;

Yes, cdo not 2boast

In the day of their distress.

13 “Do not enter the gate of My people

In the aday of their disaster.

Yes, you, do not 1gloat over their calamity

In the day of their disaster.

And do not bloot their wealth

In the day of their disaster.

14 “Do not astand at the fork of the road

To cut down their fugitives;

And do not imprison their survivors

In the day of their distress.

The Day of the Lord and the Future

15 “For the aday of the Lord draws near on all the nations.

bAs you have done, it will be done to you.

Your cdealings will return on your own head.

16 “Because just as you adrank on bMy holy mountain,

All the nations cwill drink continually.

They will drink and 1swallow

And become as if they had never existed.

17 “But on Mount aZion there will be those who escape,

And it will be holy.

And the house of Jacob will bpossess their possessions.

18 “Then the house of Jacob will be a afire

And the house of Joseph a flame;

But the house of Esau will be as stubble.

And they will set 1them on fire and consume 1them,

So that there will be bno survivor of the house of Esau,”

For the Lord has spoken.

19 Then those of the 1Negev will apossess the mountain of Esau,

And those of the 2Shephelah the bPhilistine plain;

Also, cpossess the territory of Ephraim and the territory of Samaria,

And Benjamin will possess Gilead.

20 And the exiles of this host of the sons of Israel,

Who are among the Canaanites as far as aZarephath,

And the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad

Will possess the bcities of the Negev.

21 The adeliverers will ascend Mount Zion

To judge the mountain of Esau,

And the bkingdom will be the Lord’s.

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