Obadiah 1
Contemporary English Version

Edom's Pride and Punishment

1 The Lord God gave Obadiah

a message+ about Edom,

and this is what we heard:

“I, the Lord, have sent

a messenger

with orders for the nations

to attack Edom.”

2The Lord said to Edom:

I will make you the weakest

and most despised nation.

3You live in a mountain fortress,+

because your pride

makes you feel safe from attack,

but you are mistaken.

4I will still bring you down,

even if you fly higher

than an eagle

or nest among the stars.

I, the Lord, have spoken!

5If thieves break in at night,

they steal

only what they want.

And people who harvest grapes

always leave some unpicked.

But, Edom, you are doomed!

6Everything you treasure most

will be taken from you.

7Your allies can't be trusted.

They will force you out

of your own country.

And your best friends

will trick and trap you,

even before you know it.

8Edom, when this happens,

I, the Lord, will destroy

all your marvelous wisdom.

9Warriors from the city of Teman+

will be terrified,

and you descendants of Esau+

will be wiped out.

The Lord Condemns Edom's Cruelty

10You were cruel to your relatives,

the descendants of Jacob.+

Now you will be destroyed,

disgraced forever.

11You stood there and watched

as foreigners entered Jerusalem

and took what they wanted.

In fact, you were no better

than those foreigners.

12Why did you celebrate

when such a dreadful disaster

struck your relatives?

Why were you so pleased

when everyone in Judah

was suffering?

13They are my people,

and you were cruel to them.

You went through their towns,

sneering and stealing

whatever was left.

14In their time of torment,

you ambushed refugees

and handed them over

to their attackers.

The Lord Will Judge the Nations

15The day is coming

when I, the Lord,

will judge the nations.

And, Edom, you will pay in full

for what you have done.

16I forced the people of Judah+

to drink the wine of my anger

on my sacred mountain.

Soon the neighboring nations

must drink their fill—

then vanish without a trace.

Victory for Israel

17The Lord's people who escape

will go to Mount Zion,

and it will be holy.

Then Jacob's descendants

will capture the land of those

who took their land.

18Israel+ will be a fire,

and Edom will be straw

going up in flames.

The Lord has spoken!

19The people of Israel

who live in the Southern Desert

will take the land of Edom.

Those who live in the hills

will capture Philistia,

Ephraim, and Samaria.

And the tribe of Benjamin

will conquer Gilead.

20Those who return from captivity

will control Phoenicia

as far as Zarephath.+

Captives from Jerusalem

who were taken to Sepharad+

will capture the towns

of the Southern Desert.

21Those the Lord has saved

will live on Mount Zion

and rule over Edom.+

Then the kingdom will belong

to the Lord.


1 message: Or “vision.”
3 mountain fortress: The Hebrew text has “rocky cliff,” which sounds like “Sela,” the capital of Edom, a fortress city built on a mountain.
9 Teman: A famous city in Edom.
9 descendants of Esau: The people of Edom were descendants of Esau, the brother of Jacob (Israel).
10 descendants of Jacob: Jacob and Esau were brothers (see the note on Esau at verse 9).
16 I forced … Judah: Or “I will force the people of Edom.”
18 Israel: Hebrew “The descendants of Jacob and of Joseph.”
20 Those who return … Zarephath: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
20 Sepharad: Possibly the city of Sardis, the capital of Lydia, a country north and west of Media. This would refer to those captives from Judah who had been taken beyond the kingdom of Babylonia.
21 Those the Lord … Edom: Or “Leaders on (from) Mount Zion will save the people and rule over Edom.”

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