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
a messenger has been sent # Is 18:2; 30:4 among the nations:
“Rise up, # Jr 6:4-5 and let us go to war against her.” # = Edom
2Look, I will make you insignificant # Nm 24:18; Is 23:9
among the nations;
you will be deeply despised.
3Your presumptuous heart has deceived you, # Is 16:6
you who live in clefts of the rock # Or in Sela ; probably = Petra # 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 # 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 pickers came to you,
wouldn’t they leave some 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 # 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, # = 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, # Or forces
while foreigners entered his 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 # 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 # 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 the gate of My people
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 # 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 so 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. # 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 # Lit they will set them on fire and consume Edom. # 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 # = 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 # 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 # 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,
but the kingdom will be the Lord’s. # Ps 22:28; 47:7-9; 67:4; Zch 14:9