1The vision of Obadiah. This is what the LordAdonai
Yahweh says about Edom. We have heard news from Yahweh, and an
ambassador is sent among the nations, saying, "Arise, and let's rise up against her in battle.
2Behold, I have made you small among the nations. You are greatly despised.
3The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation
is high, who says in his heart, 'Who will bring me down to the ground?'
4Though 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--oh, what disaster
awaits you--wouldn't they only steal until they had enough? If grape
pickers came to you, wouldn't they leave some gleaning grapes?
6How Esau will be ransacked! How his hidden treasures are sought out!
7All the men of your alliance have brought you on your way, even
to the border. The men who were at peace with you have deceived you,
and prevailed against you. Friends who eat your bread lay a snare under
you. There is no understanding in him."
8"Won't I in that day," says Yahweh, "destroy the wise men out
of Edom, and understanding out of the mountain of Esau?
9Your mighty men, Teman, will be dismayed, to the end that everyone may be
cut off from the mountain of Esau by slaughter.
10For the violence done to your brother Jacob, shame will cover you, and you will be cut off forever.
11In 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 for Jerusalem, even you were like one of them.
12But don't look down on your brother in the day of his
disaster, and don't rejoice over the children of Judah in the day of
their destruction. Don't speak proudly in the day of distress.
13Don't enter into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity.
Don't look down on their affliction in the day of their calamity,
neither seize their wealth on the day of their calamity.
14Don't stand in the crossroads to cut off those of his who escape. Don't
deliver up those of his who remain in the day of distress.
15For the day of Yahweh is near all the nations! As you have done, it will be
done to you. Your deeds will return upon your own head.
16For as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so will all the nations drink
continually. Yes, they will drink, swallow down, and will be as though they had not been.
17But in Mount Zion, there will be those who
escape, and it will be holy. The house of Jacob will possess their possessions.
18The house of Jacob will be a fire, the house of
Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble. They will burn among
them, and devour them. There will not be any remaining to the house of
Esau." Indeed, Yahweh has spoken.
19Those of the South will possess the mountain of Esau, and
those of the lowland, the Philistines. They will possess the field of
Ephraim, and the field of Samaria. Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20The captives of this army of the children of Israel, who are among the
Canaanites, will possess even to Zarephath; and the captives of
Jerusalem, who are in Sepharad, will possess the cities of the Negev.
21Saviors will go up on Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau,
and the kingdom will be Yahweh's.
|1||1:1||The word translated "Lord" is "Adonai."|
|2||1:1||"Yahweh" is God's proper Name, sometimes rendered "LORD" (all
caps) in other translations.|
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