Obadiah 1:4
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New International Version
Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down," declares the LORD.

New Living Translation
But even if you soar as high as eagles and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you crashing down," says the LORD.

English Standard Version
Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though you seem to soar like an eagle and make your nest among the stars, even from there I will bring you down. This is the LORD's declaration.

International Standard Version
Though you soar high like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, I will bring you down even from there," declares the LORD.

NET Bible
Even if you were to soar high like an eagle, even if you were to make your nest among the stars, I can bring you down even from there!" says the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even though you fly high like an eagle and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you down from there," declares the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though thou make thy nest as high as the eagle, And though thou set it among the stars, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
“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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle and though thou set thy nest among the stars, from there I will bring thee down, said the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, from there will I bring you down, says the LORD.

American King James Version
Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, there will I bring you down, said the LORD.

American Standard Version
Though thou mount on high as the eagle, and though thy nest be set among the stars, I will bring thee down from thence, saith Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Though thou be exalted as an eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars: thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Though thou mount on high as the eagle, and though thy nest be set among the stars, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Though thou shalt exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou shalt set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

World English Bible
Though 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.

Young's Literal Translation
If thou dost go up high as an eagle, And if between stars thou dost set thy nest, From thence I bring thee down, An affirmation of Jehovah.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
The Destruction of Edom
3"The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, 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 enough? If grape gatherers came to you, Would they not leave some gleanings?…
Cross References
Job 20:6
"Though his loftiness reaches the heavens, And his head touches the clouds,

Job 20:7
He perishes forever like his refuse; Those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'

Job 39:27
"Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high?

Isaiah 10:14
And my hand reached to the riches of the peoples like a nest, And as one gathers abandoned eggs, I gathered all the earth; And there was not one that flapped its wing or opened its beak or chirped."

Isaiah 14:12
"How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!

Jeremiah 51:53
"Though Babylon should ascend to the heavens, And though she should fortify her lofty stronghold, From Me destroyers will come to her," declares the LORD.

Amos 9:2
"Though they dig into Sheol, From there will My hand take them; And though they ascend to heaven, From there will I bring them down.

Habakkuk 2:9
"Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house To put his nest on high, To be delivered from the hand of calamity!
Treasury of Scripture

Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, there will I bring you down, said the LORD.

exalt.

Job 20:6,7 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach …

Job 39:27,28 Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make her nest on high…

Jeremiah 49:16 Your terribleness has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, …

Habakkuk 2:9 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he …

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Isaiah 14:12-15 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how …

Jeremiah 51:53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify …

Amos 9:2 Though they dig into hell, there shall my hand take them; though …

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