The Humbling of Edom
1 1 The vision of Obadiah . Thus says the Lord 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 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 robbers by night - O how you will be ruined !- Would they not steal only 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 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 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 , 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 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 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 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 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 them on fire and consume them, So that there will be no survivor of the house of Esau ," For the Lord has spoken . 19 Then those of the Negev will possess the mountain of Esau , And those of the 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 .
1:1 Heb "YHWH," usually rendered Lord
1:3 Or "Sela"
1:5 Lit "devastators of" the "night"
1:5 Lit "their sufficiency"
1:7 Lit "of your covenant"
1:7 I.e. in Esau; or "of it"
1:10 Lit "Shame will cover you"
1:12 Lit "look on"
1:12 Lit "make your mouth large"
1:13 Lit "look on"
1:16 Or "stagger"
1:18 I.e. the people of Esau
1:18 I.e. the people of Esau
1:19 I.e. South country
1:19 I.e. the foothills