Obadias 1

1 The vision of Obadiah. ¶ This is what the Sovereign LORD says about Edom — ¶ We have heard a message from the LORD: ¶ An envoy was sent to the nations to say, ¶ "Rise, let us go against her for battle" —

2 "See, I will make you small among the nations; ¶ you will be utterly despised.

3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks [^1] and make your home on the heights, ¶ you who say to yourself, ¶ 'Who can bring me down to the ground?'

4 Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, ¶ from there I will bring you down," ¶ declares the LORD.

5 "If thieves came to you, if robbers in the night — ¶ oh, what a disaster awaits you! — ¶ would they not steal only as much as they wanted? ¶ If grape pickers came to you, ¶ would they not leave a few grapes?

6 But how Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged!

7 All your allies will force you to the border; your friends will deceive and overpower you; ¶ those who eat your bread will set a trap for you, [^2] but you will not detect it.

8 "In that day," declares the LORD, ¶ "will I not destroy the wise men of Edom, ¶ those of understanding in the mountains of Esau?

9 Your warriors, Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau's mountains ¶ will be cut down in the slaughter.

10 Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; ¶ you will be destroyed forever.

11 On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth ¶ and foreigners entered his gates ¶ and cast lots for Jerusalem, ¶ you were like one of them.

12 You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, ¶ nor rejoice over the people of Judah ¶ in the day of their destruction, ¶ nor boast so much ¶ in the day of their trouble.

13 You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, ¶ nor gloat over them in their calamity ¶ in the day of their disaster, ¶ nor seize their wealth ¶ in the day of their disaster.

14 You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, ¶ nor hand over their survivors ¶ in the day of their trouble.

15 "The day of the LORD is near ¶ for all nations. ¶ As you have done, it will be done to you; ¶ your deeds will return upon your own head.

16 Just as you drank on my holy hill, so all the nations will drink continually; ¶ they will drink and drink ¶ and be as if they had never been.

17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, ¶ and Jacob will possess his inheritance.

18 Jacob will be a fire and Joseph a flame; ¶ Esau will be stubble, ¶ and they will set him on fire and destroy him. ¶ There will be no survivors ¶ from Esau." ¶ The LORD has spoken.

19 People from the Negev will occupy ¶ the mountains of Esau, ¶ and people from the foothills will possess ¶ the land of the Philistines. ¶ They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria, ¶ and Benjamin will possess Gilead.

20 This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan will possess the land as far as Zarephath; ¶ the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad ¶ will possess the towns of the Negev.

21 Deliverers will go up on [^3] Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. ¶ And the kingdom will be the LORD's.

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