Obadiah 1
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Edom’s Certain Judgment

1The vision of Obadiah.

This is what the Lord GOD has said about Edom:a

We have heard a message from the LORD;b

a messenger has been sentc among the nations:

Rise up,d and let us go to war against her.”e

2Look, I will make you insignificantf

among the nations;

you will be deeply despised.

3Your presumptuous heart has deceived you,g

you who live in clefts of the rockh, i, j

in your home on the heights,

who say to yourself,

Who can bring me down to the ground? ”k

4Though you seem to soarl like an eaglem

and make your nest among the stars,n

even from there I will bring you down.

This is the LORD’s declaration.

5If thieves came to you,o

if marauders by night —

how ravaged you would be! —

wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?

If grape pickers came to you,

wouldn’t they leave some grapes?p

6How Esau will be pillaged,q

his hidden treasures searched out!r

7Everyone who has a treaty with yous

will drive you to the border;

everyone at peace with you

will deceive and conquer you.

Those who eat your breadt

will setu a trap for you.

He will be unaware of it.v

8In that day —

this is the LORD’s declaration —

will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edomw

and those who understand

from the hill country of Esau?

9Teman,x, y your warriorsz will be terrified

so that everyone from the hill country of Esau

will be destroyed by slaughter.aa

Edom’s Sins against Judah

10You will be covered with shame

and destroyed forever

because of violence done to your brother Jacob.ab

11On the day you stood aloof,ac

on the day strangers captured his wealth,ad

while foreigners entered his gate

and cast lots for Jerusalem,ae

you were just like one of them.af

12Do notag gloat over your brotherah

in the day of his calamity;

do not rejoice over the people of Judahai

in the day of their destruction;

do not boastfully mockaj, ak

in the day of distress.al

13Do not enter the gate of My people

in the day of their disaster.am

Yes, you — do not gloat over their misery

in the day of their disaster

and do not appropriate their possessionsan

in the day of their disaster.

14Do not stand at the crossroadsao, ap

to cut off their fugitives,

and do not hand over their survivors

in the day of distress.

Judgment of the Nations

15For the Day of the LORDaq is near,

against all the nations.ar

As you have done,as so it will be done to you;

what you deserve will return on your own head.at

16As you have drunk on My holy mountain,au

so all the nations will drink continually.av

They will drink and gulp down

and be as though they had never been.

17But there will be a deliverance on Mount Zion,aw

and it will be holy;ax

the house of Jacob will dispossessay

those who dispossessed them.az, ba

18Then the house of Jacob will be a blazing fire,bb

and the house of Joseph, a burning flame,

but the house of Esau will be stubble;

Jacobbc will set them on fire and consume Edom.bd

Therefore no survivor will remainbe

of the house of Esau,

for the LORD has spoken.

Future Blessing for Israel

19People from the Negev will possessbf

the hill country of Esau;bg

those from the Judean foothills will possess

the land of the Philistines.bh

Theybi will possess

the territories of Ephraim and Samaria,bj

while Benjamin will possess Gilead.

20The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halahbk

and who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephathbl

as well as the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad

will possess the cities of the Negev.bm

21Saviorsbn will ascend Mount Zionbo

to rule over the hill country of Esau,

but the kingdom will be the LORD’s.bp


Footnotes:
a. 1 Gn 25:30; Ps 137:7; Is 21:11-12; 34:1-17; 63:1-6; Ezk 25:12-14; Am 1:11-12; Mal 1:2-5
b. 1-4 Jr 49:14-16
c. 1 Is 18:2; 30:4
d. 1 Jr 6:4-5
e. 1 = Edom
f. 2 Nm 24:18; Is 23:9
g. 3 Is 16:6
h. 3 Or in Sela ; probably = Petra
i. 3 Probably Petra
j. 3 2Kg 14:7; 2Ch 25:12
k. 3 Is 14:13-15
l. 4 Or to build high
m. 4 Jb 20:6-7; Hab 2:9
n. 4 Is 14:12-15
o. 5 Jr 49:9
p. 5 Lv 19:10; 25:5,11
q. 6 Jr 49:10
r. 6 Mal 1:2-3
s. 7 Ps 55:20; Jr 30:14; Am 1:9
t. 7 Ps 41:9
u. 7 Some LXX mss, Sym, Tg, Vg; MT reads They will set your bread as
v. 7 Jr 49:7
w. 8 Jb 4:1; 5:12-14
x. 9 = a region or city in Edom
y. 9 Gn 36:11; 1Ch 1:45; Jb 2:11; Hab 3:3
z. 9 Jr 49:22
aa. 9 Is 34:5-8; 63:1-3; Jr 49:7,20; Ezk 25:13; Am 1:12; Ob 5
ab. 10 Ezk 25:12-14; Jl 3:19; Am 1:11
ac. 11 Ps 83:5-6; 137:7; Am 1:6,9
ad. 11 Or forces
ae. 11 Jl 3:3; Nah 3:10
af. 11 2Ch 21:17; Ezk 35:10
ag. 12-14 Or You should not throughout vv. 12-14
ah. 12 Mc 4:11; 7:10
ai. 12 Ps 83:1-6; 137:7-9; Lm 4:21-22; Ezk 35:15; 36:5
aj. 12 Lit not make your mouth big
ak. 12 Ps 31:18; Ezk 35:12
al. 12 Gn 35:3; Ps 50:15; Jr 16:19
am. 13 Ezk 35:5
an. 13 Ezk 35:10; 36:2-3
ao. 14 Hb obscure
ap. 14 Is 16:3-4
aq. 15 Jl 1:15; 2:1,11,31; Am 5:18,20
ar. 15 Is 13:6; Jl 3:14; Zph 1:7,14
as. 15 Jr 50:29; 51:56
at. 15 Jr 50:15; Ezk 35:11
au. 16 Jr 49:12
av. 16 Is 51:22-23
aw. 17 Is 4:2-3
ax. 16-17 Is 66:20; Jl 2:32
ay. 17 Is 14:1-2; Am 9:11-15
az. 17 DSS, LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg; MT reads Jacob will possess its inheritance
ba. 17 Ezk 36:2-5
bb. 18 Is 5:24; 9:18-19; Am 1:12; Zch 12:6
bc. 18 Lit they
bd. 18 Lit them
be. 18 Jr 11:23
bf. 19 Is 11:14
bg. 19 Am 9:11-12
bh. 19 Is 11:14
bi. 19 = The house of Jacob
bj. 19 Jr 31:5; 32:44
bk. 20 Or of this host of the Israelites ; Hb obscure
bl. 20 1Kg 17:9-10; Lk 4:26
bm. 20 Jr 32:44; 33:13
bn. 21 Or Those who have been delivered
bo. 21 Neh 9:27; Is 4:5; 18:7; 24:23; Dn 2:44; Mc 4:7
bp. 21 Ps 22:28; 47:7-9; 67:4; Zch 14:9
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