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ObadiahRevised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Proud Edom Will Be Brought Low

The vision of Obadi′ah.

Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom:
We have heard tidings from the Lord,
    and a messenger has been sent among the nations:
“Rise up! let us rise against her for battle!”
Behold, I will make you small among the nations,
    you shall be utterly despised.
The pride of your heart has deceived you,
    you who live in the clefts of the rock,[a]
    whose dwelling is high,
who say in your heart,
    “Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Though you soar aloft like the eagle,
    though your nest is set among the stars,
    thence I will bring you down,
                says the Lord.

Pillage and Slaughter Will Repay Edom’s Cruelty

If thieves came to you,
    if plunderers by night—
    how you have been destroyed!—
    would they not steal only enough for themselves?
If grape gatherers came to you,
    would they not leave gleanings?
How Esau has been pillaged,
    his treasures sought out!
All your allies have deceived you,
    they have driven you to the border;
your confederates have prevailed against you;
    your trusted friends have set a trap under you—
    there is no understanding of it.
Will I not on that day, says the Lord,
    destroy the wise men out of Edom,
    and understanding out of Mount Esau?
And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O Teman,
    so that every man from Mount Esau will be cut off by slaughter.

Edom Mistreated His Brother

10 For the violence done to your brother Jacob,
    shame shall cover you,
    and you shall be cut off for ever.
11 On the day that you stood aloof,
    on the day that strangers carried off his wealth,
and foreigners entered his gates
    and cast lots for Jerusalem,
    you were like one of them.
12 But you should not have gloated over the day of your brother
    in the day of his misfortune;
you should not have rejoiced over the people of Judah
    in the day of their ruin;
you should not have boasted
    in the day of distress.
13 You should not have entered the gate of my people
    in the day of his calamity;
you should not have gloated over his disaster
    in the day of his calamity;
you should not have looted his goods
    in the day of his calamity.
14 You should not have stood at the parting of the ways
    to cut off his fugitives;
you should not have delivered up his survivors
    in the day of distress.

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 upon my holy mountain,
    all the nations round about shall drink;
they shall drink, and stagger,[b]
    and shall be as though they had not been.

Israel’s Final Triumph

17 But in Mount Zion there shall be those that escape,
    and it shall be holy;
and the house of Jacob shall possess their own possessions.
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
    and the house of Joseph a flame,
    and the house of Esau stubble;
they shall burn them and consume them,
    and there shall be no survivor to the house of Esau;
                for the Lord has spoken.
19 Those of the Negeb shall possess Mount Esau,
    and those of the Shephe′lah the land of the Philistines;
they shall possess the land of E′phraim and the land of Samar′ia
    and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 The exiles in Halah[c] who are of the people of Israel
    shall possess[d] Phoenicia as far as Zar′ephath;
and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sephar′ad
    shall possess the cities of the Negeb.
21 Saviors shall go up to Mount Zion
    to rule Mount Esau;
    and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.


  1. Obadiah 1:3 Or Sela
  2. Obadiah 1:16 Cn: Heb swallow
  3. Obadiah 1:20 Cn: Heb this army
  4. Obadiah 1:20 Cn: Heb which
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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