Edom Will Be Punished
1This is the vision of Obadiah. This is what the Lord GOD says about Edom:
We heard a report from the Lord.
A messenger was sent to the nations.
He said, “Let’s go fight against Edom.”
The Lord Speaks to Edom
2“Edom, I will make you the smallest nation.
Everyone will hate you very much.
3Your pride has fooled you.
You live in those caves high on the cliff.
Your home is high in the hills.
So you say to yourself,
‘No one can bring me to the ground.’”
Edom Will Be Brought Low
4This is what the Lord says:
“Even though you fly high like the eagle
and put your nest among the stars,
I will bring you down from there.
5You really will be ruined!
Thieves will come to you.
Robbers will come in the night,
and they will take all they want.
When workers gather grapes in your vineyards,
they will leave a few grapes behind.
6But the enemy will search hard for Esau’s hidden treasures,
and they will find them all.
7All those who are your friends
will force you out of the land.
Those who were at peace with you will trick you,
and they will defeat you.
The soldiers who fought by your side
are planning a trap for you.
They say, ‘He doesn’t expect a thing!’”
8The Lord says, “On that day
I will destroy the wise people from Edom.
I will destroy the intelligent people from the mountain of Esau.#1:8 mountain of Esau That is, Mount Seir.
9Teman, your brave soldiers will be afraid.
Everyone will be destroyed from the mountain of Esau.
Many people will be killed.
10You will be covered with shame
because you were very cruel to your brother Jacob.
So you will be destroyed completely.
11You joined the enemies of Israel.
Strangers carried Israel’s treasures away.
Foreigners entered Israel’s city gate.
They threw lots to decide what part of Jerusalem they would get.
And you were right there with them, waiting to get your share.
12You should not have laughed#1:12 laughed Literally, “looked.” Also in verse 13.
at your brother’s trouble.
You should not have been happy
when they destroyed Judah.
You should not have bragged#1:12 bragged Literally, “made your mouth big.”
at the time of their trouble.
13You should not have entered the city gate of my people
and laughed at their problems.
You should not have taken their treasures
in the time of their trouble.
14You should not have stood where the roads cross
and destroyed those who were trying to escape.
You should not have captured those who escaped alive.
15The Day of the Lord is coming soon
to all the nations.
And the evil you did to others will happen to you.
The same bad things will fall down on your own head.
16You spilled#1:16 spilled Literally, “drank.” blood on my holy mountain,#1:16 holy mountain One of the mountains Jerusalem was built on. Sometimes Zion is used to mean Jerusalem itself. Also in verses 17, 21.
so other nations will spill your blood.#1:16 spill your blood Literally, “drink and swallow.”
You will be finished.
It will be as if you never existed.
17But there will be survivors on Mount Zion.
They will be my special people.
The nation of Jacob#1:17 nation of Jacob Literally, “the house of Jacob.” This could mean the people of Israel or only its leaders. will take back
what belongs to it.
18The family of Jacob will be like a fire.
The nation of Joseph will be like a flame.
But the nation of Esau#1:18 nation of Esau Literally, “the house of Esau.” will be like ashes.
The people of Judah will burn Edom,
and they will destroy it.
Then there will be no survivors in the nation of Esau.”
This will happen because the Lord said it would.
19Then people from the Negev will live on the mountain of Esau.
And people from the foothills will take the Philistine lands.
They will live in the land of Ephraim and Samaria.
Gilead will belong to Benjamin.
20People from Israel were forced to leave their homes,
but they will take back the land of Canaan, all the way to Zarephath.
People from Judah were forced to leave Jerusalem and live in Sepharad.#1:20 Sepharad This is probably Spain.
But they will take back the cities of the Negev.
21The winners#1:21 winners Or “saviors.” Those who led their people to victory in war. will go up on Mount Zion
to rule the people who live on Esau’s mountain.
And the kingdom will belong to the Lord.