Obadiah 1 - Edom Will Be Humbled; The Day of the LORD and the Future

Obadiah 1

Edom Will Be Humbled

1 The vision of Obadiah.

Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom--

We have heard a report from the LORD,

And an envoy has been sent among the

nations saying,

"Arise and let us go against her for battle"--

2 "Behold, I will make you small among

the nations;

You are greatly despised.

3 "The arrogance of your heart has deceived


You who live in the clefts of the rock,

In the loftiness of your dwelling place,

Who say in your heart,

`Who will bring me down to earth?'

4 "Though you build high like the eagle,

Though you set your nest among the stars,

From there I will bring you down," declares

the LORD.

5 "If thieves came to you,

If robbers by night--

O how you will be ruined!--

Would they not steal only until they had


If grape gatherers came to you,

Would they not leave some gleanings?

6 "O how Esau will be ransacked,

And his hidden treasures searched out!

7 "All the men allied 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 bread

Will set an ambush for you.

(There is no understanding in him.)

8 "Will I not on that day," declares

the LORD,

"Destroy wise men from Edom

And understanding from the mountain

of Esau?

9 "Then your mighty men will be

dismayed, O Teman,

So that everyone may be cut off from

the mountain of Esau by slaughter.

10 "Because of violence to your brother


You will be covered with shame,

And you will be cut off forever.

11 "On the day that you stood aloof,

On the day that strangers carried off

his wealth,

And foreigners entered his gate

And cast lots for Jerusalem--

You too were as one of them.

12 "Do not gloat over your brother's day,

The day of his misfortune.

And do not rejoice over the sons of


In the day of their destruction;

Yes, do not boast

In the day of their distress.

13 "Do not enter the gate of My people

In the day of their disaster.

Yes, you, do not gloat over their calamity

In the day of their disaster.

And do not loot their wealth

In the day of their disaster.

14 "Do not stand 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 day of the LORD draws near

on all the nations.

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

Your dealings will return on your own head.

16 "Because just as you drank on My holy


All the nations will drink continually.

They will drink and swallow

And become as if they had never existed.

17 "But on Mount Zion there will be those

who escape,

And it will be holy.

And the house of Jacob will possess

their possessions.

18 "Then the house of Jacob will be a fire

And the house of Joseph a flame;

But the house of Esau will be as stubble.

And they will set them on fire and consume


So that there will be no survivor of the house

of Esau,"

For the LORD has spoken.

19 Then those of the Negev will possess

the mountain of Esau,

And those of the Shephelah the Philistine


Also, possess 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


Who are among the Canaanites as far as


And the exiles of Jerusalem who are in


Will possess the cities of the Negev.

21 The deliverers will ascend Mount Zion

To judge the mountain of Esau,

And the kingdom will be the LORD'S.

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