Obadiah 1:15
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New International Version
"The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.

New Living Translation
"The day is near when I, the LORD, will judge all godless nations! As you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads.

English Standard Version
For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head.

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the Day of the LORD is near, against all the nations. As you have done, so it will be done to you; what you deserve will return on your own head.

International Standard Version
"Indeed, the Day of the LORD approaches all nations. As you have done it will be done to you— your deeds will return to haunt you!

NET Bible
"For the day of the LORD is approaching for all the nations! Just as you have done, so it will be done to you. You will get exactly what your deeds deserve.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The day of the LORD is near for all nations. Edom, you will be treated as you have treated others. You will get back what you have given.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the day of the LORD is near upon all the Gentiles: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee; thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

King James 2000 Bible
For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations: as you have done, it shall be done unto you: your reward shall return upon your own head.

American King James Version
For the day of the LORD is near on all the heathen: as you have done, it shall be done to you: your reward shall return on your own head.

American Standard Version
For the day of Jehovah is near upon all the nations: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee; thy dealing shall return upon thine own head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the day of the Lord is at hand upon all nations: as thou hast done, so shall it be done to thee: he will turn thy reward upon thy own head.

Darby Bible Translation
For the day of Jehovah is near upon all the nations: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy recompence shall return upon thine own head.

English Revised Version
For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee; thy dealing shall return upon thine own head.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done to thee: thy reward shall return upon thy own head.

World English Bible
For 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.

Young's Literal Translation
For near is the day of Jehovah, on all the nations, As thou hast done, it is done to thee, Thy deed doth turn back on thine own head.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-16 This prophecy is against Edom. Its destruction seems to have been typical, as their father Esau's rejection; and to refer to the destruction of the enemies of the gospel church. See the prediction of the success of that war; Edom shall be spoiled, and brought down. All the enemies of God's church shall be disappointed in the things they stay themselves on. God can easily lay those low who magnify and exalt themselves; and will do it. Carnal security ripens men for ruin, and makes the ruin worse when it comes. Treasures on earth cannot be so safely laid up but that thieves may break through and steal; it is therefore our wisdom to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven. Those that make flesh their trust, arm it against themselves. The God of our covenant will never deceive us: but if we trust men with whom we join ourselves, it may prove to us a wound and dishonour. God will justly deny those understanding to keep out of danger, who will not use their understandings to keep out of sin. All violence, all unrighteousness, is sin; but it makes the violence far worse, if it be done against any of God's people. Their barbarous conduct towards Judah and Jerusalem, is charged upon them. In reflecting on ourselves, it is good to consider what we should have done; to compare our practice with the Scripture rule. Sin, thus looked upon in the glass of the commandment, will appear exceedingly sinful. Those have a great deal to answer for, who are idle spectators of the troubles of their neighbours, when able to be active helpers. Those make themselves poor, who think to make themselves rich by the ruin of the people of God; and those deceive themselves, who call all that their own on which they can lay their hands in a day of calamity. Though judgment begins at the house of God, it shall not end there. Let sorrowful believers and insolent oppressors know, that the troubles of the righteous will soon end, but those of the wicked will be eternal.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 15, 16. - § 3. The warning given in the first section (vers, 1-9) is supplemented by the announcement that in the day of the Lord, Edom and all the enemies of Israel shall be remembered, and shall suffer just retribution, meeting with the fate which they had inflicted on others. Verse 15. - The day of the Lord. This is not primarily the final day of judgment, but the time when "Jehovah reveals his majesty and omnipotence in a glorious manner, to overthrow all ungodly powers, and to complete his kingdom" (Keil). It is announced by Joel 1:15; Joel 2:1, 31; Zephaniah 1:14; but the notion of a judgment to fall on Gentile nations, and to issue in the establishment of the kingdom of God, was familiar long before. Balaam had seen it in dim vision (Numbers 24:17-24); Hannah had anticipated the destruction that would accompany it (1 Samuel 2:9, 10); so had David (2 Samuel 23:5-7) in his last words; it is clearly predicted in the Psalms (see Psalm 2 and 110.) (Knabenbauer). Is near. Because every such judgment upon individual nations is typical of the great day and preparative of it. As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee (comp. Judges 1:7; Psalm 137:8; Jeremiah 50:15). This law of retribution was the ideal of heathen justice, according to the Rhadamanthian rule, "If a man should suffer what he hath done, then there would be strict justice" (Aristotle, 'Eth. Nic.' 5:5. 3). Thy reward (Joel 3:7 [4:7, Hebrew]; better, that which thou hast performed - thy work or dealing, Upon thine own head. Like a stone cast towards heaven (comp. Psalm 7:16; Esther 9. '25).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the day of the Lord is near upon all the Heathen,.... That is, the time was at hand, fixed and determined by the Lord, and he had spoken of by his prophets, when he would punish all the Heathens round about for their sins; as the Egyptians, Philistines, Tyrians, Ammonites, Moabites, and others; and so the Edomites among the rest; for this is mentioned for their sakes, and to show that their punishment was inevitable, and that they could not expect to escape in the general ruin; see Jeremiah 25:17. This destruction of Edom here prophesied of, and of all the Heathen, was accomplished about five years after the destruction of Jerusalem, so that it might be truly said to be near; and some time within this space Obadiah seems to have prophesied; and the day of the Lord is not far off upon the Pagans, Mahometans, and all the "antichristian" states, When mystical Edom or Rome will be destroyed; see Revelation 16:19;

as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee; thy reward shall return upon thine own head; this is particularly directed to Edom, upon whom the day of the Lord's vengeance shall come; when he punished the Heathens, then the Edomites should be retaliated in their own way; and as they had rejoiced at the destruction of the Jews, and had insulted them in their calamities, and barbarously used them, they should be treated in like manner; see Ezekiel 35:15; and thus will mystical Babylon, or the mystical Edomites, be dealt with, even after the same manner as they have dealt with the truly godly, the faithful professors of Christ, Revelation 18:6.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. For—resumptive in connection with Ob 10, wherein Edom was threatened with cutting off for ever.

the day of the Lord—the day in which He will manifest Himself as the Righteous Punisher of the ungodly peoples (Joe 3:14). The "all" shows that the fulfilment is not exhausted in the punishment inflicted on the surrounding nations by the instrumentality of Nebuchadnezzar; but, as in Joe 3:14, and Zec 12:3, that the last judgment to come on the nations confederate against Jerusalem is referred to.

as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee—the righteous principle of retribution in kind (Le 24:17; Mt 7:2; compare Jud 1:6, 7; 8:19; Es 7:10).

thy reward—the reward of thy deed (compare Isa 3:9-11).

Obadiah 1:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Deliverance of Israel
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 mountain, All the nations will drink continually. They will drink and swallow And become as if they had never existed.…
Cross References
Job 24:1
"Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?

Jeremiah 50:29
"Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow. Encamp all around her; let no one escape. Repay her for her deeds; do to her as she has done. For she has defied the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 51:56
A destroyer will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken. For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay in full.

Ezekiel 30:3
For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near-- a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.

Ezekiel 35:11
therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.

Ezekiel 35:15
Because you rejoiced when the inheritance of Israel became desolate, that is how I will treat you. You will be desolate, Mount Seir, you and all of Edom. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'"

Joel 1:15
Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Joel 2:1
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand--

Joel 2:11
The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?

Amos 5:18
Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light.

Amos 5:20
Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light-- pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?

Habakkuk 2:8
Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
Treasury of Scripture

For the day of the LORD is near on all the heathen: as you have done, it shall be done to you: your reward shall return on your own head.

the day.

Psalm 110:5,6 The Lord at your right hand shall strike through kings in the day …

Jeremiah 9:25,26 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will punish all them …

Jeremiah 25:15-29 For thus said the LORD God of Israel to me; Take the wine cup of …

Jeremiah 49:12 For thus said the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink …

Lamentations 4:21,22 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwell in the land of …

Ezekiel 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; …

Joel 3:11-14 Assemble yourselves, and come, all you heathen, and gather yourselves …

Micah 5:15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury on the heathen, such …

Zechariah 14:14-18 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the …

as.

Judges 1:7 And Adonibezek said, Three score and ten kings, having their thumbs …

Psalm 137:8 O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed; happy shall he be, …

Ezekiel 35:15 As you did rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because …

Joel 3:7,8 Behold, I will raise them out of the place where you have sold them, …

Habakkuk 2:8 Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people …

Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

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