Obadiah 1
Edom's Pride and Punishment
1 # Is 34.5-17; 63.1-6; Jr 49.7-22; Ez 25.12-14; 35.1-15; Am 1.11,12; Ml 1.2-5. The Lord God gave Obadiah
a message#1 message: Or “vision.” 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,#3 mountain fortress: The Hebrew text has “rocky cliff,” which sounds like “Sela,” the capital of Edom, a fortress city built on a mountain.
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#9 Teman: A famous city in Edom.
will be terrified,
and you descendants of Esau#9 descendants of Esau: The people of Edom were descendants of Esau, the brother of Jacob (Israel).
will be wiped out.
The Lord Condemns Edom's Cruelty
10You were cruel to your relatives,
the descendants of Jacob.#10 descendants of Jacob: Jacob and Esau were brothers (see the note on Esau at verse 9).
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#16 I forced … Judah: Or “I will force the people of Edom.”
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#18 Israel: Hebrew “The descendants of Jacob and of Joseph.” 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.#20 Those who return … Zarephath: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
Captives from Jerusalem
who were taken to Sepharad#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.
will capture the towns
of the Southern Desert.
21Those the Lord has saved
will live on Mount Zion
and rule over Edom.#21 Those the Lord … Edom: Or “Leaders on (from) Mount Zion will save the people and rule over Edom.”
Then the kingdom will belong
to the Lord.

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