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The Coming Judgment on Edom

The vision of Obadiah.

Thus says the Lord God aconcerning Edom

b(We have heard a report from the Lord,

And a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying,

“Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle”):

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

You shall be greatly despised.

3 The cpride of your heart has deceived you,

You who dwell in the clefts of the rock,

Whose habitation is high;

dYou who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’

4 eThough you ascend as high as the eagle,

And though you fset your nest among the stars,

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

5 “If gthieves had come to you,

If robbers by night—

Oh, how you will be cut off!—

Would they not have stolen till they had enough?

If grape-gatherers had come to you,

hWould they not have left some gleanings?

6 “Oh, how Esau shall be searched out!

How his hidden treasures shall be sought after!

7 All the men in your confederacy

Shall force you to the border;

iThe men at peace with you

Shall deceive you and prevail against you.

Those who eat your bread shall lay a 1trap for you.

jNo 2one is aware of it.

8 “Will kI not in that day,” says the Lord,

“Even destroy the wise men from Edom,

And understanding from the mountains of Esau?

9 Then your lmighty men, O mTeman, shall be dismayed,

To the end that everyone from the mountains of Esau

May be cut off by slaughter.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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