1The vision of Obadiah.
Edom’s Certain Judgment
This is what the Lord God has said about Edom:#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
We have heard a message from the Lord;#Jr 49:14–16
an envoy has been sent#Is 18:2; 30:4 among the nations:
“Rise up,#Jr 6:4–5 and let’s go to war against her.”#1 = Edom
2Look, I will make you insignificant#Nm 24:18; Is 23:9
among the nations;
you will be deeply despised.
3Your arrogant heart has deceived you,#Is 16:6
you who live in clefts of the rock#3 Or in Sela; probably = Petra#3 Probably Petra#2Kg 14:7; 2Ch 25:12
in your home on the heights,
who say to yourself,
“Who can bring me down to the ground?” #Is 14:13–15
4Though you seem to soar#4 Or to build high like an eagle#Jb 20:6–7; Hab 2:9
and make your nest among the stars,#Is 14:12–15
even from there I will bring you down.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
5If thieves came to you,#Jr 49:9
if marauders by night —
how ravaged you would be! —
wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?
If grape harvesters came to you,
wouldn’t they leave a few grapes?#Lv 19:10; 25:5,11
6How Esau will be pillaged,#Jr 49:10
his hidden treasures searched out!#Mal 1:2–3
7Everyone who has a treaty with you#Ps 55:20; Jr 30:14; Am 1:9
will drive you to the border;
everyone at peace with you
will deceive and conquer you.
Those who eat your bread#Ps 41:9
will set#7 Some LXX mss, Sym, Tg, Vg; MT reads They will set your bread as a trap for you.
He will be unaware of it.#Jr 49:7
8In that day —
this is the Lord’s declaration —
will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edom#Jb 4:1; 5:12–14
and those who understand
from the hill country of Esau?
9Teman,#9 = a region or city in Edom#Gn 36:11; 1Ch 1:45; Jb 2:11; Hab 3:3 your warriors#Jr 49:22 will be terrified
so that everyone from the hill country of Esau
will be destroyed by slaughter.#Is 34:5–8; 63:1–3; Jr 49:7,20; Ezk 25:13; Am 1:12; Ob 5
Edom’s Sins against Judah
10You will be covered with shame
and destroyed forever
because of violence done to your brother Jacob.#Ezk 25:12–14; Jl 3:19; Am 1:11
11On the day you stood aloof,#Ps 83:5–6; 137:7; Am 1:6,9
on the day strangers captured his wealth,#11 Or forces
while foreigners entered his city gate
and cast lots for Jerusalem,#Jl 3:3; Nah 3:10
you were just like one of them.#2Ch 21:17; Ezk 35:10
12Do not#12–14 Or You should not throughout vv. 12–14 gloat over your brother#Mc 4:11; 7:10
in the day of his calamity;
do not rejoice over the people of Judah#Ps 83:1–6; 137:7–9; Lm 4:21–22; Ezk 35:15; 36:5
in the day of their destruction;
do not boastfully mock#12 Lit not make your mouth big#Ps 31:18; Ezk 35:12
in the day of distress.#Gn 35:3; Ps 50:15; Jr 16:19
13Do not enter my people’s city gate
in the day of their disaster.#Ezk 35:5
Yes, you — do not gloat over their misery
in the day of their disaster,
and do not appropriate their possessions#Ezk 35:10; 36:2–3
in the day of their disaster.
14Do not stand at the crossroads#14 Hb obscure#Is 16:3–4
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 Lord#Jl 1:15; 2:1,11,31; Am 5:18,20 is near,
against all the nations.#Is 13:6; Jl 3:14; Zph 1:7,14
As you have done,#Jr 50:29; 51:56 it will be done to you;
what you deserve will return on your own head.#Jr 50:15; Ezk 35:11
16As you have drunk on my holy mountain,#Jr 49:12
so all the nations will drink continually.#Is 51:22–23
They will drink and gulp down
and be as though they had never been.
17But there will be a deliverance on Mount Zion,#Is 4:2–3
and it will be holy;#Is 66:20; Jl 2:32
the house of Jacob will dispossess#Is 14:1–2; Am 9:11–15
those who dispossessed them.#17 DSS, LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg; MT reads Jacob will possess its inheritance#Ezk 36:2–5
18Then the house of Jacob will be a blazing fire,#Is 5:24; 9:18–19; Am 1:12; Zch 12:6
and the house of Joseph, a burning flame,
but the house of Esau will be stubble;
Jacob#18 Lit they will set them on fire and consume Edom.#18 Lit them
Therefore no survivor will remain#Jr 11:23
of the house of Esau,
for the Lord has spoken.
Future Blessing for Israel
19People from the Negev will possess#Is 11:14
the hill country of Esau;#Am 9:11–12
those from the Judean foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.#Is 11:14
They#19 = The house of Jacob will possess
the territories of Ephraim and Samaria,#Jr 31:5; 32:44
while Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah#20 Or of this host of the Israelites; Hb obscure
and who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath#1Kg 17:9–10; Lk 4:26
as well as the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the cities of the Negev.#Jr 32:44; 33:13
21Saviors#21 Or Those who have been delivered will ascend Mount Zion#Neh 9:27; Is 4:5; 18:7; 24:23; Dn 2:44; Mc 4:7
to rule over the hill country of Esau,
and the kingdom will be the Lord’s.#Ps 22:28; 47:7–9; 67:4; Zch 14:9