Obadiah 1:8
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New International Version
"In that day," declares the LORD, "will I not destroy the wise men of Edom, those of understanding in the mountains of Esau?

New Living Translation
At that time not a single wise person will be left in the whole land of Edom," says the LORD. "For on the mountains of Edom I will destroy everyone who has understanding.

English Standard Version
Will I not on that day, declares the LORD, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of Mount Esau?

New American Standard Bible
"Will I not on that day," declares the LORD, "Destroy wise men from Edom And understanding from the mountain of Esau?

King James Bible
Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In that day-- this is the LORD's declaration-- will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edom and those who understand from the hill country of Esau?

International Standard Version
"In that day," declares the LORD, "will I not destroy the wise from Edom, and those with understanding from Esau's Mountain?

NET Bible
At that time," the LORD says, "I will destroy the wise sages of Edom! the advisers from Esau's mountain!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"On that day I will destroy the wise people in Edom and take wisdom away from Esau's mountain," declares the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall I not in that day, said the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom and intelligence out of the mount of Esau?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall I not in that day, says the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mountains of Esau?

American King James Version
Shall I not in that day, said the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

American Standard Version
Shall I not in that day, saith Jehovah, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall not I in that day, saith the Lord, destroy the wise out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau ?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall I not in that day, saith Jehovah, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

English Revised Version
Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

World English Bible
"Won't I in that day," says Yahweh, "destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mountain of Esau?

Young's Literal Translation
Is it not in that day -- an affirmation of Jehovah, That I have destroyed the wise out of Edom, And understanding out of the mount of Esau?
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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 8, 9. - Their vaunted wisdom and their boasted courage shall fail, for God shall take them away. "Quem Deus vult perdere, prius dementat." Verse 8. - In that day; when Edom is abandoned by its friends. Destroy the wise men out of Edom. God shall take their wisdom from them, so that they shall be no more able to offer prudent counsel or suggest plans of safety (Isaiah 19:11-16; Isaiah 29:14; Isaiah 47:12, 13). The Edomites were celebrated for wisdom or practical philosophy (comp. 1 Kings 4:30; Jeremiah 49:7; Baruch 3:22, 23). Mount of Esau (vers. 9, 19, 21). Mount Seir - a designation of Edom from the nature of the country.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Shall I not in that day, saith the Lord, even destroy the wise men out of Edom,.... When they shall be invaded by the enemy, and treacherously dealt with by their allies; so that there shall be no wise counsellors at court to give advice what proper methods should be taken at such a season; they should either be taken off by death, or their wisdom should be turned into folly, and they be rendered incapable of giving right counsel:

and understanding out of the mount of Esau? that is, men of understanding, as the Targum, should be destroyed out of Edom or Idumea, which was a mountainous country; such as were well versed in politics, or understood military affairs, and how to conduct at such a critical time; to form schemes, and concert measures, and wisely put them in execution; and to be deprived of all such must be a great loss at such a time, and add to their distress and calamity; see Jeremiah 49:7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. (Isa 49:7; compare Job 5:12, 13; Isa 19:3; Jer 19:7).

in that day … even destroy—Heretofore Edom, through its intercourse with Babylon and Egypt, and from its means of information through the many caravans passing to and fro between Europe and India, has been famed for knowledge; but in that day at last ("even") I will destroy its wise men.

mount of Esau—that is, Idumea, which was a mountainous region.

Obadiah 1:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Destruction of Edom
7"All the men allied with you Will send you forth to the border, And the men at peace with you Will deceive you and overpower you. They who eat your bread Will set an ambush for you. (There is no understanding in him.) 8"Will I not on that day," declares the LORD, "Destroy wise men from Edom And understanding from the mountain of Esau? 9"Then your mighty men will be dismayed, O Teman, So that everyone may be cut off from the mountain of Esau by slaughter.…
Cross References
Job 5:12
He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.

Isaiah 29:14
Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."
Treasury of Scripture

Shall I not in that day, said the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

even.

Job 5:12-14 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot …

Psalm 33:10 The LORD brings the counsel of the heathen to nothing: he makes the …

Isaiah 19:3,13,14 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the middle thereof; and I will …

Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this …

1 Corinthians 3:19,20 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, …

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