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Chapter 1

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1 THE vision of Obadiah: the words of the Lord GOD about Edom.

While envoys were being dispatched among the nations, saying, ‘Up! Let us attack Edom,’ I heard a 1 I heard: prob. rdg, so Gk; Heb. we heard. this message from the LORD:

2I shall make you the least of all nations, an object of utter contempt. 3The pride in your heart has led you astray, you that haunt the crannies among the rocks and make your home on the heights, saying to yourself, ‘Who can bring me to the ground?’ 4Though you soar as high as an eagle and your nest is set among the stars, even from there I shall bring you down. This is the word of the LORD.

5If thieves or robbers were to come to you by night, though your loss might be heavy, they would take only enough for their needs; if vintagers were to come to you, would they not leave gleanings? 6But see how Esau is ransacked, their secret wealth hunted out! 7All your former allies have pushed you to the frontier, your confederates have misled and subjugated you, those who eat at your table lay a snare for your feet. Where is his wisdom now? 8This is the word of the LORD: On that day I shall destroy all the wise men of Edom and leave no wisdom on the mountains of Esau. 9Then your warriors, Teman, will be so terror-stricken that no survivors will be left on the mountains of Esau. 10For the violence done to your brother Jacob you will be covered with shame and cut off for ever. 11On the day when you stood aloof, while strangers carried off his wealth, while foreigners passed through his gates and shared out Jerusalem by lot, you were at one with them. 12Do not gloat over your brother when disaster strikes him, or rejoice over Judah on the day of his ruin. Do not boast when he suffers distress, 13or enter my people's gates on the day of their calamity. Do not join in the gloating when calamity overtakes them, or seize their treasure on the day of their calamity. 14Do not stand at the crossroads to cut down his fugitives, or betray the survivors on the day of distress. 15The day of the LORD is at hand for all the nations. You will be treated as you have treated others: your deeds will recoil on your own head.

16The draught you, my people, have drunk on my holy mountain all the nations will drink in turn; they will drink and gulp it down and be as though they had never been. 17But on Mount Zion there will be a remnant which will be holy, and Jacob will dispossess those that dispossessed them. 18Then the house of Jacob will be a fire, the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau will be stubble; they will set it alight and burn it up, and the house of Esau will have no survivors. Those are the LORD's words.

19My people will possess the Negeb, the mountains of Esau, and the Shephelah of the Philistines; they will possess the countryside of Ephraim and Samaria, and Benjamin will possess Gilead. 20Exiles from b 20 Exiles from: prob. rdg; Heb. adds this army. Israel will possess Canaan c will possess Canaan: prob. rdg; Heb. which Canaan. as far as Zarephath, while exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negeb. 21Those who wield authority on Mount Zion will go up to hold sway over the mountains of Esau, and dominion will belong to the LORD.

Notes:

f 1 I heard: prob. rdg, so Gk; Heb. we heard.

g 20 Exiles from: prob. rdg; Heb. adds this army.

h will possess Canaan: prob. rdg; Heb. which Canaan.

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