Obadiah 1 New American Standard Bible

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The Humbling of Edom

1 1  The vision of Obadiah . Thus says the Lord [1]GOD concerning Edom - We have heard a report from the Lord , And an envoy has been sent among the nations saying, " Arise and let us go against her for battle "- 2  "Behold , I will make you small among the nations ; You are greatly despised . 3  "The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, You who live in the clefts of [2]the rock , In the loftiness of your dwelling place , Who say in your heart , ' Who will bring me down to earth ?' 4  "Though you build high like the eagle , Though you set your nest among the stars , From there I will bring you down ," declares the Lord . 5  "If thieves came to you, If [3]robbers by night - O how you will be ruined !- Would they not steal only [4]until they had enough ? If grape gatherers came to you, Would they not leave some gleanings ? 6  "O how Esau will be ransacked , And his hidden treasures searched out! 7  "All the men [5]allied with you Will send you forth to the border , And the men at peace with you Will deceive you and overpower you. They who eat your bread Will set an ambush for you. (There is no understanding [6]in him.) 8  "Will I not on that day ," declares the Lord , " Destroy wise men from Edom And understanding from the mountain of Esau ? 9  "Then your mighty men will be dismayed , O Teman , So that everyone may be cut off from the mountain of Esau by slaughter .

10  "Because of violence to your brother Jacob , [7]You will be covered with shame , And you will be cut off forever . 11  "On the day that you stood aloof e , On the day that strangers carried off his wealth , And foreigners entered his gate And cast lots for Jerusalem - You too were as one of them. 12  " Do not [8]gloat over your brother's day , The day of his misfortune . And do not rejoice over the sons of Judah In the day of their destruction ; Yes, do not [9]boast e In the day of their distress . 13  "Do not enter the gate of My people In the day of their disaster . Yes , you, do not [10]gloat over their calamity In the day of their disaster . And do not loot their wealth In the day of their disaster . 14  "Do not stand at the fork of the road To cut down their fugitives ; And do not imprison their survivors In the day of their distress .

The Exalting of Israel

15  "For the day of the Lord draws near on all the nations . As you have done , it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head . 16  "Because just as you drank on My holy mountain , All the nations will drink continually . They will drink and [11]swallow And become as if they had never existed .

17  "But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape , And it will be holy . And the house of Jacob will possess their possessions . 18  "Then the house of Jacob will be a fire And the house of Joseph a flame ; But the house of Esau will be as stubble . And they will set [12]them on fire and consume [12]them, So that there will be no survivor of the house of Esau ," For the Lord has spoken . 19  Then those of the [14]Negev will possess the mountain of Esau , And those of the [15]Shephelah the Philistine plain; Also, possess the territory of Ephraim and the territory of Samaria , And Benjamin will possess Gilead . 20  And the exiles of this host of the sons of Israel , Who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath , And the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad Will possess the cities of the Negev . 21  The deliverers will ascend Mount Zion To judge the mountain of Esau , And the kingdom will be the Lord'S .

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[1] 1:1 Heb "YHWH," usually rendered Lord

[2] 1:3 Or "Sela"

[3] 1:5 Lit "devastators of" the "night"

[4] 1:5 Lit "their sufficiency"

[5] 1:7 Lit "of your covenant"

[6] 1:7 I.e. in Esau; or "of it"

[7] 1:10 Lit "Shame will cover you"

[8] 1:12 Lit "look on"

[9] 1:12 Lit "make your mouth large"

[10] 1:13 Lit "look on"

[11] 1:16 Or "stagger"

[12] 1:18 I.e. the people of Esau

[13] 1:18 I.e. the people of Esau

[14] 1:19 I.e. South country

[15] 1:19 I.e. the foothills

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