New International Reader's Version

Obadiah 1:1-21

Obadiah’s Vision

1This 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.”

2The Lord says to Edom,

“I will make you weak among the nations.

They will look down on you.

3You 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.’

4You 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.

5“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!

6People of Esau, everything will be taken away from you.

Your hidden treasures will be stolen.

7All 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.”

8Here 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.

9People of Teman, your soldiers will be terrified.

Everyone in Esau’s mountains

will be cut down by swords.

10You did harmful things to the people of Jacob.

They are your relatives.

So you will be covered with shame.

You will be destroyed forever.

11Outsiders 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.

12That 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.

13You 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.

14You 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.

16You 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.

17But 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.

18They 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.

19Israelites 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.

20Some 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.

21Leaders from Mount Zion will go

and rule over the mountains of Esau.

And the kingdom will belong to the Lord.

King James Version

Obadiah 1:1-21

1The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. 2Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.

3¶ The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? 4Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD. 5If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?1.5 some…: or, gleanings? 6How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up! 7All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.1.7 that were…: Heb. of thy peace1.7 they…: Heb. the men of thy bread1.7 in him: or, of it 8Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau? 9And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

10¶ For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. 11In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.1.11 captive…: or, his substance 12But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.1.12 spoken…: Heb. magnified thy mouth 13Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;1.13 substance: or, forces 14Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.1.14 delivered up: or, shut up 15For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. 16For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.1.16 swallow…: or, sup up

17¶ But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.1.17 deliverance: or, they that escape1.17 there…: or, it shall be holy 18And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it. 19And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. 20And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.1.20 which…: or, shall possess that which is in 21And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.