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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.

New International Reader's Version

Obadiah

Obadiah’s Vision

This is the vision about Edom that Obadiah had.

Here is what the Lord and King says about Edom.

We’ve heard a message from the Lord.
    A messenger was sent to the nations.
The Lord told him to say,
    “Get up! Let us go and make war against Edom.”

The Lord says to Edom,

“I will make you weak among the nations.
    They will look down on you.
You live in the safety of the rocks.
    You make your home high up in the mountains.
    But your proud heart has tricked you.
So you say to yourself,
    ‘No one can bring me down to the ground.’
You have built your home as high as an eagle does.
    You have made your nest among the stars.
    But I will bring you down from there,”
    announces the Lord.
“Edom, suppose robbers came to you at night.
    They would steal only as much as they wanted.
Suppose grape pickers came to harvest your vines.
    They would still leave a few grapes.
    But you are facing horrible trouble!
People of Esau, everything will be taken away from you.
    Your hidden treasures will be stolen.
All those who are helping you
    will force you to leave your country.
    Your friends will trick you and overpower you.
Those who eat bread with you
    will set a trap for you.
    But you will not see it.”

Here is what the Lord announces. “At that time
    I will destroy the wise men of Edom.
I will wipe out the men of understanding
    in the mountains of Esau.
People of Teman, your soldiers will be terrified.
    Everyone in Esau’s mountains
    will be cut down by swords.
10 You did harmful things to the people of Jacob.
    They are your relatives.
So you will be covered with shame.
    You will be destroyed forever.
11 Outsiders entered the gates of Jerusalem.
    They cast lots to see what each one would get.
Strangers carried off its wealth.
    When that happened, you just stood there and did nothing.
    You were like one of them.
12 That was a time of trouble for your relatives.
    So you shouldn’t have been happy about what happened to them.
The people of Judah were destroyed.
    So you should not have been happy about it.
You should not have laughed at them so much
    when they were in trouble.
13 You should not have marched
    through the gates of my people’s city
    when they were in trouble.
You shouldn’t have been happy about what happened to them.
    You should not have stolen their wealth
    when they were in trouble.
14 You waited where the roads cross.
    You wanted to cut down those who were running away.
    You should not have done that.
You handed over to their enemies
    those who were still left alive.
You should not have done that.
    They were in trouble.

15 “The day of the Lord is near
    for all the nations.
Others will do to you
    what you have done to them.
You will be paid back
    for what you have done.
16 You Edomites made my holy mountain of Zion impure
    by drinking and celebrating there.
So all the nations will drink
    from the cup of my anger.
    And they will keep on drinking from it.
They will vanish.
    It will be as if they had never existed.
17 But on Mount Zion some of my people will be left alive.
    I will save them.
    Zion will be my holy mountain once again.
And the people of Jacob
    will again receive the land as their own.
18 They will be like a fire.
    Joseph’s people will be like a flame.
The nation of Edom will be like straw.
    Jacob’s people will set Edom on fire and burn it up.
No one will be left alive
    among Esau’s people.”
The Lord has spoken.

19 Israelites from the Negev Desert
    will take over Esau’s mountains.
Israelites from the western hills
    will possess the land of the Philistines.
They’ll take over the territories
    of Ephraim and Samaria.
Israelites from the tribe of Benjamin
    will possess the land of Gilead.
20 Some Israelites were forced to leave their homes.
    They’ll come back to Canaan and possess
    it all the way to the town of Zarephath.
Some people from Jerusalem were taken
    to the city of Sepharad.
They’ll return and possess
    the towns of the Negev Desert.
21 Leaders from Mount Zion will go
    and rule over the mountains of Esau.
    And the kingdom will belong to the Lord.