The Message

Obadiah

Your World Will Collapse

Obadiah’s Message to Edom
    from God, the Master.
We got the news straight from God
    by a special messenger sent out to the godless nations:

“On your feet, prepare for battle;
    get ready to make war on Edom!

2-4 “Listen to this, Edom:
    I’m turning you to a no-account,
    the runt of the godless nations, despised.
You thought you were so great,
    perched high among the rocks, king of the mountain,
Thinking to yourself,
    ‘Nobody can get to me! Nobody can touch me!’
Think again. Even if, like an eagle,
    you hang out on a high cliff-face,
Even if you build your nest in the stars,
    I’ll bring you down to earth.”
        God’s sure Word.

5-14 “If thieves crept up on you,
    they’d rob you blind—isn’t that so?
If they mugged you on the streets at night,
    they’d pick you clean—isn’t that so?
Oh, they’ll take Esau apart, piece by piece,
    empty his purse and pockets.
All your old partners will drive you to the edge.
    Your old friends will lie to your face.
Your old drinking buddies will stab you in the back.
    Your world will collapse. You won’t know what hit you.
So don’t be surprised”—it’s God’s sure Word!—
    “when I wipe out all sages from Edom
    and rid the Esau mountains of its famous wise men.
Your great heroes will desert you, Teman.
    There’ll be nobody left in Esau’s mountains.
Because of the murderous history compiled
    against your brother Jacob,
You will be looked down on by everyone.
    You’ll lose your place in history.
On that day you stood there and didn’t do anything.
    Strangers took your brother’s army into exile.
Godless foreigners invaded and pillaged Jerusalem.
    You stood there and watched.
    You were as bad as they were.
You shouldn’t have gloated over your brother
    when he was down-and-out.
You shouldn’t have laughed and joked at Judah’s sons
    when they were facedown in the mud.
You shouldn’t have talked so big
    when everything was so bad.
You shouldn’t have taken advantage of my people
    when their lives had fallen apart.
You of all people should not have been amused
    by their troubles, their wrecked nation.
You shouldn’t have taken the shirt off their back
    when they were knocked flat, defenseless.
And you shouldn’t have stood waiting at the outskirts
    and cut off refugees,
And traitorously turned in helpless survivors
    who had lost everything.

15-18 God’s Judgment Day is near
    for all the godless nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you.
    What you did will boomerang back
    and hit your own head.
Just as you partied on my holy mountain,
    all the godless nations will drink God’s wrath.
They’ll drink and drink and drink—
    they’ll drink themselves to death.
But not so on Mount Zion—there’s respite there!
    a safe and holy place!
The family of Jacob will take back their possessions
    from those who took them from them.
That’s when the family of Jacob will catch fire,
    the family of Joseph become fierce flame,
    while the family of Esau will be straw.
Esau will go up in flames,
    nothing left of Esau but a pile of ashes.”
        God said it, and it is so.

19-21 People from the south will take over the Esau mountains;
    people from the foothills will overrun the Philistines.
They’ll take the farms of Ephraim and Samaria,
    and Benjamin will take Gilead.
Earlier, Israelite exiles will come back
    and take Canaanite land to the north at Zarephath.
Jerusalem exiles from the far northwest in Sepharad
    will come back and take the cities in the south.
The remnant of the saved in Mount Zion
    will go into the mountains of Esau
And rule justly and fairly,
    a rule that honors God’s kingdom.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Obadiya

Kuno kwe kwolesebwa kwa Obadiya.

Mukama Ayinzabyonna kwe yamuwa ku bikwata ku nsi ya Edomu.

Tuwulidde obubaka obuva eri Katonda,
    Katonda yaweereza omubaka eri amawanga n’obubaka buno nti,
“Mugolokoke tulumbe Edomu tumulwanyise.”

“Laba, ndibafuula aba wansi ennyo mu mawanga,
    era olinyoomererwa ddala.
Mwelimbye n’amalala agali mu mitima gyammwe,
    mmwe abasula mu mpuku ez’omu njazi,
    era ne muzimba amaka gammwe waggulu ku njazi.
Mmwe aboogera nti,
    ‘Ani alituwanulayo n’atussa wansi?’
Wadde nga mwewanika waggulu ng’empungu
    era ne muzimba ebisu byammwe wakati w’emmunyeenye,
    ndibawanulayo ne mbasuula wansi,”
    bw’ayogera Mukama.
“Singa ababbi babajjira,
    n’abanyazi ne babalumba ekiro,
akabi nga kaba kabatuuseeko.
    Tebandibabbyeko byonna bye baagala?
Oba singa abanozi b’emizabbibu bakujjiridde,
    tebandireseeko obuzabbibu butono nnyo?
Esawu alinyagulurwa,
    eby’obugagga bye ebikusike birinyagibwa.
Abaalagaana naawe balikusindiikiriza ku nsalo,
    Mikwano gyo balikulimbalimba ne bakuwangula;
abo abalya emmere yo balikutega omutego,
    balikutega omutego kyokka toliguvumbula.

“Ku lunaku olwo,
    sirizikiriza bagezi b’e Edomu,
    abantu ab’amagezi ababeera mu nsozi za Esawu?” bw’ayogera Mukama.
“Abalwanyi bo abazira ggwe, Temani, balitya,
    era na buli muntu mu nsozi za Esawu
    alittibwa.
10 Olw’ebikolwa eby’obukambwe ebyo bye wakola muganda wo Yakobo,
    oliswazibwa.
    Olizikirizibwa n’otaddayo kuwulirwa.
11 Ku lunaku lwe wayimirira ku bbali n’otofaayo,
    nga banyaga obugagga bwa Isirayiri,
ne bannaggwanga ne bayingira mu miryango gye,
    ne bakuba obululu okulaba atwala Yerusaalemi,
    wali omu ku bo.
12 Tosaanye kusekerera muganda wo
    mu biseera bye eby’okulaba ennaku,
wadde okusanyuka ku lunaku
    olw’okuzikirira kw’abantu ba Yuda,
newaakubadde okwewaana ennyo
    ku lunaku lwe baatawaanyizibwa ennyo.
13 Temukumba nga muyita mu miryango gy’abantu bange
    ku lunaku kwe baalabira obuyinike,
wadde okubasekerera
    ku lunaku kwe baabonaabonera,
newaakubadde okutwala obugagga bwabwe
    ku lunaku lwe baatuukibwako akabi.
14 Temulindira mu masaŋŋanzira
    okutta abo abadduka,
wadde okuwaayo abawonyeewo
    mu biro eby’okulabiramu ennaku.

15 “Olunaku luli kumpi kwe ndisalira
    amawanga gonna omusango.
Nga bwe mwakola abalala, nammwe bwe mulikolebwa.
    Ebikolwa byammwe biribaddira.
16 Ng’abantu bange bwe baanywa ekikompe eky’ekibonerezo ku lusozi lwange olutukuvu
    n’amawanga ageetooloddewo bwe galikinywa obutakoma;
balikinywa,
    babe ng’abataganywangako.
17 Naye ku Lusozi Sayuuni baliwona,
    kubanga lutukuvu,
n’ennyumba ya Yakobo
    eritwala omugabo gwabwe.
18 Ennyumba ya Yakobo eriba omuliro,
    n’ennyumba ya Yusufu olulimi olw’omuliro.
Ennyumba ya Esawu eriba bisusunku,
    era baligyokya n’eggwaawo.
Tewaliba muntu wa nnyumba ya Esawu
    n’omu alisigalawo,
kubanga Mukama akyogedde.

19 “Abantu b’e Negebu balitwala
    olusozi Esawu,
n’abantu ab’omu biwonvu balitwala
    ensi y’Abafirisuuti.
Balyetwalira n’ennimiro ez’omu Efulayimu ne Samaliya,
    ne Benyamini ne yeetwalira Gireyaadi.
20 Ekibiina ky’Abayisirayiri abaali mu buwaŋŋanguse e Kanani,
    balyetwalira ensi, okutuukira ddala ku Zalefaasi;
abawaŋŋanguse abaava mu Yerusaalemi abali mu Sefalaadi,
    balyetwalira ebibuga mu Negebu.
21 Abanunuzi balyambuka ku Lusozi Sayuuni,
    okufuga ensozi za Esawu.
    Obwakabaka buliba bwa Mukama.”