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Obadiah

Edom Will Be Humbled

The vision of Obadiah.

Thus says the Lord God concerning [a]Edom—

We have heard a report from the Lord,
And an ambassador has been sent among the nations, saying,
[b]Arise, and let us rise up against Edom for battle [with the Lord as commander]!”

“Behold [Edom], I shall [humiliate you and] make you small among the nations;
You are greatly despised.

“The pride and arrogance of your heart have deceived you,
You who live in the clefts and lofty security of the rock (Sela),
Whose dwelling place is high,
Who say [boastfully] in your heart,
‘Who will bring me down to earth?’

“Though you build [your nest] on high like the eagle,
Though you set your nest among the stars,
I will bring you down from there,” says the Lord.

“If thieves came to you,
If robbers by night—
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 grapes for gleaning?

“How Esau (Edom) shall be ransacked [by men who come to ravage with divine approval]!
How his hidden treasures shall be searched out!

“All the men allied with you
Shall send you on your way to the border;
The men who were at peace with you
Shall deceive you and overpower you;
Those who eat your bread [those you trust]
Shall set a hostile ambush for you.
(There is no understanding of it.)

“Will I not on that day,” says the Lord,
“Destroy the wise men from Edom [removing all wisdom]
And understanding from the [c]mountain of Esau?

“And your mighty men shall be dismayed and demoralized, O [d]Teman,
So that everyone from the mountain of Esau may be cut off in the slaughter.

Edom Denounced

10 
“Because of the violence you did against your brother Jacob,
Shame shall cover you [completely],
And you shall be cut off forever.
11 
“On the day that [Jerusalem was destroyed] you stood aloof [from your brother Jacob]—
On the day that strangers took his forces captive and carried off his wealth,
And foreigners entered his gates
And cast lots for Jerusalem [dividing the city for plunder]—
You too were like one of them [collaborating with the enemy].
12 
“Do not gaze and gloat [in triumph] over your brother’s day,
The day when his misfortune came.
Do not rejoice over the sons of Judah
In the day of their destruction;
Do not speak arrogantly [jeering and maliciously mocking]
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 look [with delight] on their misery
In the day of their ruin,
And do not loot treasures
In the day of their ruin.
14 
“Do not stand at the crossroad
To cut down those [of Judah] who escaped;
And do not hand over [to the enemy] those [of Judah] who survive
In the day of their distress.

The Day of the Lord and the Future

15 
“For the [judgment] day of the Lord draws near on all the nations.
As you have done, it shall be done to you [in retribution];
Your [evil] dealings will return on your own head.
16 
“Because just as you [Edom] drank on My holy mountain [desecrating it in the revelry of the destroyers],
So shall all the nations drink continually [one by one, of My wrath];
Yes, they shall drink and swallow [the full measure of punishment]
And become as though they had never existed.
17 
“But on Mount Zion [in Jerusalem] there shall be [deliverance for] those who escape,
And it shall be holy [no pagan will defile it];
And the house of Jacob shall possess their [former] possessions.
18 
“Then the house of Jacob shall be a fire
And the house of Joseph a flame [in executing God’s wrath];
But the house of Esau will be like stubble.
They (Jacob) shall set them on fire and consume them (the Edomites),
So that there shall be no survivor of the house of Esau,”
For the Lord has spoken.
19 
Then those of the Negev shall possess the mountain of Esau,
And those of the Shephelah [shall possess] the Philistine plain;
Also, [they shall] possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria,
And Benjamin will possess Gilead [across the Jordan River].
20 
And the exiles of this host of the sons (descendants) of Israel
Who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath,
And the exiles of Jerusalem who are in [e]Sepharad
Shall possess the cities of the Negev.
21 
The deliverers shall go up on Mount Zion
To rule and judge the mountain of Esau,
And the kingdom and the kingship shall be the Lord’s.

Notas al pie

  1. Obadiah 1:1 The people of Edom were descendants of Esau (Gen 25:30; 36:1). Edom was the country southeast of Judah extending from the Dead Sea to the eastern arm of the Red Sea. The capital city was Sela, also known as Petra (both names mean rock). The country of Moab formed Edom’s boundary on the north. Edom and Moab have a remarkably prominent place in prophecy as “the scene of the final destruction of Gentile world power in the day of the Lord” (Scofield Reference Bible). See the Scripture references following the first verse which outline the picture of what lies ahead for the nations of the world.
  2. Obadiah 1:1 The Hebrew verb “to stand” or “arise” is an instruction to prepare to fulfill a command, somewhat similar to the military command “attention.”
  3. Obadiah 1:8 Idumea, a mountainous region.
  4. Obadiah 1:9 Teman was one of the main cities of Edom.
  5. Obadiah 1:20 Location uncertain, possibly Sparta or Sardis.

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Obadias

Gud, den Almægtige, viste Obadias, hvad der i fremtiden vil ske med Edoms land.

Vi har hørt fra Herren, at han har sendt en budbringer til folkeslagene for at sige: „Gør jer klar til krig imod Edoms land!”

Og til Edom siger Herren: „Jeg vil gøre dig til et lille og svagt land i de andre nationers øjne. Du vil blive foragtet af alle. Dit hovmodige hjerte har vildledt dig. ‚Hvem kan nå mig her?’ siger du selvbevidst, fordi du bor i klippefæstninger højt oppe i bjergene. Men om du så svævede så højt oppe som ørnen eller byggede din rede blandt stjernerne, ville du ikke være uden for min rækkevidde.

5-6 Når tyve og røvere kommer om natten for at stjæle, nøjes de med at tage det, de kan bruge. Og når man høster druer, levner man lidt til de fattige. Men jeres fjender vil udrydde jer fuldstændigt, Esaus efterkommere. De vil ribbe landet for alt af værdi.

Jeres allierede vil svigte jer og drive jer ud af landet. De folk, I troede, var jeres venner, vil lægge fælder for jer, uden at I opdager det. Til den tid vil jeg straffe Edom og udrydde alle de dygtige og kloge blandt Esaus efterkommere. Temans[a] krigere bliver slået ned. Alle som bor i Edoms bjerge bliver dræbt.

10 Det er straffen for jeres voldshandlinger mod jeres broderfolk, Israel. I skal udryddes for jeres skammelige handlinger. 11 I svigtede Israel og gjorde intet, da fjenderne erobrede landet. Da de delte Jerusalem imellem sig ved lodkastning og drog af sted med deres krigsbytte, skulle man tro I holdt med fjenden. 12 I nød jeres broderfolks nederlag, glædede jer over deres ulykke. 13 I var med til at udplyndre dem og blev rige på deres bekostning. 14 I stillede jer op ved passene og dræbte dem, der prøvede at flygte. I tog de overlevende til fange og udleverede dem til deres fjender.

15 Dommen over alle folkeslag er nær. I vil få løn som forskyldt. Hvad I har gjort mod andre, vil blive gjort mod jer. 16 I drak af voldens bæger på mit hellige bjerg, og det samme vil andre folkeslag gøre fremover. Derfor skal I også drikke af straffens bæger, ja tømme det til bunds, så I bliver helt udslettet.

17 Men en rest af mit folk skal overleve, og Zions bjerg skal være et helligt sted. Jakobs efterkommere vil genindtage det land, som blev taget fra dem. 18 Da vil Jakobs og Josefs efterkommere blive som en fortærende ild, mens Edom bliver som en stubmark. Alt bliver brændt. Ikke en eneste af Esaus efterkommere vil undslippe! Jeg, Herren, har talt.

19 Den del af mit folk, som bor i Negev, skal indtage Edoms bjergland. De, som bor på Judas vestlige bakkeskråninger, skal erobre filistrenes sletter, og resten af judæerne skal overtage Efraims og Samarias agerland. Benjamins folk skal erobre Gilead. 20 De soldater af Jakobs efterkommere, som blev taget til fange, vil vende hjem og overtage kyststrækningen helt op til Zarepta, og de indbyggere fra Jerusalem, som blev ført til Lilleasien,[b] skal vende hjem og overtage Negevs landsbyer. 21 De befriede[c] vil tage til Zions bjerg for at regere over Esaus bjerge. Og så skal Herren være konge.”

Notas al pie

  1. 9 Teman er navnet på en af store klaner i Edom, der nedstammer fra en sønnesøn af Esau. Her er det et synonym for Edom.
  2. 20 Teksten har stednavnet Sefarad, og det vides ikke med sikkerhed, hvor det er.
  3. 21 Oversat ud fra LXX, som giver bedre mening end den hebraiske tekst, der siger „befrierne”.