Obadiah 1
Good News Translation

1 This is the prophecy of Obadiah—what the Sovereign Lord said about the nation of Edom.

The Lord Will Punish Edom

The Lord has sent his messenger to the nations,

and we have heard his message:

“Get ready! Let us go to war against Edom!”

2The Lord says to Edom,

“I will make you weak;

everyone will despise you.

3Your pride has deceived you.

Your capital is a fortress of solid rock;

your home is high in the mountains,

and so you say to yourself,

‘Who can ever pull me down?’

4Even though you make your home

as high as an eagle's nest,

so that it seems to be among the stars,

yet I will pull you down.

5“When thieves come at night,

they take only what they want.

When people gather grapes,

they always leave a few.

But your enemies have wiped you out completely.

6Descendants of Esau, your treasures have been looted.

7Your allies have deceived you;

they have driven you from your country.

People who were at peace with you have now conquered you.

Those friends who ate with you have laid a trap for you;

they say of you, ‘Where is all that cleverness he had?’

8“On the day I punish Edom,

I will destroy their clever men

and wipe out all their wisdom.

9The fighting men of Teman will be terrified,

and every soldier in Edom will be killed.

Reasons for Edom's Punishment

10“Because you robbed and killed

your relatives,+ the descendants of Jacob,

you will be destroyed and dishonored forever.

11You stood aside on that day

when enemies broke down their gates.

You were as bad as those strangers

who carried off Jerusalem's wealth

and divided it among themselves.

12You should not have gloated

over the misfortune of your relatives in Judah.

You should not have been glad

on the day of their ruin.

You should not have laughed at them

in their distress.

13You should not have entered the city of my people

to gloat over their suffering

and to seize their riches

on the day of their disaster.

14You should not have stood at the crossroads

to catch those trying to escape.

You should not have handed them over to the enemy

on the day of their distress.

God Will Judge the Nations

15“The day is near when I, the Lord,

will judge all nations.

Edom, what you have done

will be done to you.

You will get back what you have given.

16My people have drunk a bitter cup of punishment

on my sacred hill.+

But all the surrounding nations will drink

a still more bitter cup of punishment;

they will drink it all and vanish away.

The Victory of Israel

17“But on Mount Zion some will escape,

and it will be a sacred place.

The people of Jacob will possess

the land that is theirs by right.

18The people of Jacob and of Joseph will be like fire;

they will destroy the people of Esau

as fire burns stubble.

No descendant of Esau will survive.

I, the Lord, have spoken.

19“People from southern Judah will occupy Edom;

those from the western foothills will capture Philistia.

Israelites will possess the territory of Ephraim and Samaria;

the people of Benjamin will take Gilead.

20The army of exiles from northern Israel

will return and conquer Phoenicia as far north as Zarephath.

The exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sardis

will capture the towns of southern Judah.

21The victorious men of Jerusalem

will attack Edom and rule over it.

And the Lord himself will be king.”


10: your relatives: The Israelites were descended from Jacob, who was the brother of Esau, the ancestor of the Edomites.
16: sacred hill: Mount Zion (see Zion in Word List).

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