Amplified Bible

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.

Footnotes

  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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

俄巴底亚书

俄巴底亚看到的异象。

耶和华惩罚以东

论到以东,
主耶和华这样说:
“我们从耶和华那里听到消息,
有位使者被派到各国,说,
‘来!我们去攻打以东吧!’”
耶和华对以东说:
“我要让你成为列国中最弱小的国家,
使你饱受藐视。
你住在悬崖峭壁间,
住在高山上,
自以为谁也不能把你拉下来,
但你的骄傲欺骗了你。
即使你如鹰高飞,
在星辰间筑巢,
我也必把你拉下来。
这是耶和华说的。

“盗贼深夜洗劫你的家,
不会洗劫一空;
人们摘葡萄,不会摘光;
但你会被彻底毁灭!
以扫[a]要被洗劫一空,
他藏的珍宝要被搜去。
你的盟友将你逐出家园;
你的朋友欺骗你,战胜你;
你的知己设陷阱害你,
你却懵然不知。”
耶和华说:“到那天,
我要毁灭以东的智者,
除掉以扫山上的明哲。
提幔的勇士必惊慌失措,
以扫山上的人尽遭杀戮。

惩罚以东的原因

10 “因你曾残暴地对待同胞兄弟雅各,
你必蒙羞,永遭毁灭。
11 外族人掠夺雅各的财物,
攻入耶路撒冷抽签分赃时,
你竟然袖手旁观,
就像他们的同伙一样。
12 你的亲族遭难之日,
你不该幸灾乐祸;
犹大人被灭的日子,
你不该兴高采烈;
他们遭难的日子,
你不该口出狂言;
13 我子民遭难的日子,
你不该闯进他们的城;
他们遭难的日子,
你不该幸灾乐祸;
他们遭难的日子,
你不该趁火打劫;
14 你不该站在路口截杀那些逃亡者;
他们遭难的日子,
你不该把幸存者交给仇敌。

15 “耶和华惩罚万国的日子近了。
必按你的所作所为报应你,
你的恶行必落到自己头上。
16 你们犹大人在我的圣山上怎样饱饮愤怒,
万国也要照样饮,
且要大口吞下,
直到他们完全消逝。

以色列的复兴

17 “然而,锡安山必成为避难所,
成为圣地。
雅各家必得到自己的产业。
18 雅各家将成为火,
约瑟家将成为烈焰,
以扫家将成为碎秸,
被火焚烧、吞噬,无一人逃脱。
这是耶和华说的。

19 “南地的人将占领以扫山;
丘陵的人将占领非利士,
夺取以法莲和撒玛利亚;
便雅悯人将占领基列。
20 被掳的以色列人将返回家园,
占领远至撒勒法一带的土地;
从耶路撒冷被掳到西法拉的人将占领南地各城。
21 拯救者必登上锡安山,
统治以扫山,
耶和华必做王掌权。”

Footnotes

  1. 1:6 以扫 ”又名“以东”。