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Judgment on Edom(A)

The vision of Obadiah.

Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom

(We have heard a report from the Lord
    and a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying:
“Rise up! Let us rise up against it for battle!”):

See, I will make you small among the nations;
    you will be greatly despised.
The pride of your heart has deceived you,
    you who live in the clefts of the rock,
    whose dwelling is high;
you say in your heart,
    “Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Though you ascend high like the eagle,
    and 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 have been destroyed!—
    would they not steal only what they want?
If grape gatherers come to you,
    would they not leave gleanings?
How the things of Esau have been ransacked!
    How his hidden treasures hunted out!
All your confederates have driven you to the border;
    your allies have deceived and prevailed against you.
Those who eat your bread have set a trap for you.
    You will not detect it.

On that day, says the Lord,
    I will destroy the wise out of Edom,
    and understanding out of Mount Esau.
Your mighty men shall be shattered, O Teman,
    so that everyone from Mount Esau will be cut off.

Edom’s Violence Against Jacob

10 For the slaughter and the violence done to your brother Jacob,
    shame shall cover you,
    and you shall be cut off forever.
11 On the day that you stood aside,
    on the day that strangers carried off his wealth,
and foreigners entered his gates
    and cast lots on Jerusalem,
    you also were like one of them.
12 But you should not have gloated
    on the day of your brother,
    on the day of his misfortune;
you should not have rejoiced over the children of Judah
    on the day of their destruction;
you should not have boasted
    on the day of distress.
13 You should not have entered the gate of My people
    on the day of their calamity.
You should not have gloated over the disaster of Judah[a]
    on the day of his calamity;
you should not have seized his wealth
    on the day of his calamity.
14 You should not have stood at the crossroads
    to cut off his fugitives;
you should not have handed over his survivors,
    on the day of distress.

The Day of the Lord Is Near

15 For the day of the Lord is near
    upon all the nations;
as you have done, it shall be done to you;
    your deeds shall return on your own head.
16 For as you have drunk on My holy mountain,
    all the nations shall drink continually;
they shall drink and swallow
    and shall be as though they had never been.
17 But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance,
    and it shall be holy;
and the house of Jacob shall possess
    those who dispossessed them.[b]
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
    the house of Joseph a flame,
but the house of Esau stubble;
    they shall burn them and consume them,
and there shall be no survivors
    from the house of Esau,
    for the Lord has spoken.

The Restoration of Israel

19 Those of the Negev shall possess
    Mount Esau,
and those of the Shephelah the land
    of the Philistines.
They shall possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria,
    and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 The exiles of this army of the sons of Israel,
    shall inherit the land of the Canaanites as far as Zarephath,
and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
    shall inherit the cities of the Negev.
21 Saviors shall go up to Mount Zion
    to rule Mount Esau,
    and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.


  1. Obadiah 1:13 Heb. his.
  2. Obadiah 1:17 Gk.; Heb. their possessions.