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.

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.