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Obadiah Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The vision of Obadiah.

Edom’s Certain Judgment

This is what the Lord God has said about Edom:

We have heard a message from the Lord;
an envoy has been sent among the nations:
“Rise up, and let us go to war against her.”[a]
Look, I will make you insignificant
among the nations;
you will be deeply despised.
Your arrogant heart has deceived you,
you who live in clefts of the rock[b][c]
in your home on the heights,
who say to yourself,
“Who can bring me down to the ground?”
Though you seem to soar[d] like an eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
even from there I will bring you down.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

If thieves came to you,
if marauders by night—
how ravaged you would be!—
wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?
If grape pickers came to you,
wouldn’t they leave some grapes?
How Esau will be pillaged,
his hidden treasures searched out!
Everyone who has a treaty with you
will drive you to the border;
everyone at peace with you
will deceive and conquer you.
Those who eat your bread
will set[e] a trap for you.
He will be unaware of it.
In that day—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edom
and those who understand
from the hill country of Esau?
Teman,[f] your warriors will be terrified
so that everyone from the hill country of Esau
will be destroyed by slaughter.

Edom’s Sins against Judah

10 You will be covered with shame
and destroyed forever
because of violence done to your brother Jacob.
11 On the day you stood aloof,
on the day strangers captured his wealth,[g]
while foreigners entered his city gate
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were just like one of them.
12 Do not[h] gloat over your brother
in the day of his calamity;
do not rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction;
do not boastfully mock[i]
in the day of distress.
13 Do not enter my people’s city gate
in the day of their disaster.
Yes, you—do not gloat over their misery
in the day of their disaster,
and do not appropriate their possessions
in the day of their disaster.
14 Do not stand at the crossroads[j]
to cut off their fugitives,
and do not hand over their survivors
in the day of distress.

Judgment of the Nations

15 For the day of the Lord is near,
against all the nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you;
what you deserve will return on your own head.
16 As you have drunk on my holy mountain,
so all the nations will drink continually.
They will drink and gulp down
and be as though they had never been.
17 But there will be a deliverance on Mount Zion,
and it will be holy;
the house of Jacob will dispossess
those who dispossessed them.[k]
18 Then the house of Jacob will be a blazing fire,
and the house of Joseph, a burning flame,
but the house of Esau will be stubble;
Jacob[l] will set them on fire and consume Edom.[m]
Therefore no survivor will remain
of the house of Esau,
for the Lord has spoken.

Future Blessing for Israel

19 People from the Negev will possess
the hill country of Esau;
those from the Judean foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.
They[n] will possess
the territories of Ephraim and Samaria,
while Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20 The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah[o]
and who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath
as well as the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the cities of the Negev.
21 Saviors[p] will ascend Mount Zion
to rule over the hill country of Esau,
but the kingdom will be the Lord’s.

Footnotes:

  1. 1: = Edom
  2. 3: Or in Sela; probably = Petra
  3. 3: Probably Petra
  4. 4: Or to build high
  5. 7: Some LXX mss, Sym, Tg, Vg; MT reads They will set your bread as
  6. 9: = a region or city in Edom
  7. 11: Or forces
  8. 12-14: Or You should not throughout vv. 12-14
  9. 12: Lit not make your mouth big
  10. 14: Hb obscure
  11. 17: DSS, LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg; MT reads Jacob will possess its inheritance
  12. 18: Lit they
  13. 18: Lit them
  14. 19: = The house of Jacob
  15. 20: Or of this host of the Israelites; Hb obscure
  16. 21: Or Those who have been delivered
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Obadiah New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Proud Edom Will Be Brought Low

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:
“Rise up! Let us rise against it for battle!”
I will surely make you least among the nations;
    you shall be utterly despised.
Your proud heart has deceived you,
    you that live in the clefts of the rock,[a]
    whose dwelling is in the heights.
You 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,
    from there 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 what they wanted?
If grape-gatherers came to you,
    would they not leave gleanings?
How Esau has been pillaged,
    his treasures searched out!
All your allies have deceived you,
    they have driven you to the border;
your confederates have prevailed against you;
    those who ate[b] your bread have set a trap for you—
    there is no understanding of it.
On that day, says the Lord,
    I will destroy the wise out of Edom,
    and understanding out of Mount Esau.
Your warriors shall be shattered, O Teman,
    so that everyone from Mount Esau will be cut off.

Edom Mistreated His Brother

10 For the slaughter and 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 for Jerusalem,
    you too were like one of them.
12 But you should not have gloated[c] over[d] your brother
    on the day of his misfortune;
you should not have rejoiced over the people of Judah
    on the day of their ruin;
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 joined in the gloating over Judah’s[e] disaster
    on the day of his calamity;
you should not have looted his goods
    on the day of his calamity.
14 You should not have stood at the crossings
    to cut off his fugitives;
you should not have handed over his survivors
    on the day of distress.

15 For the day of the Lord is near against 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 around you shall drink;
they shall drink and gulp down,[f]
    and shall be as though they had never been.

Israel’s Final Triumph

17 But on Mount Zion there shall be those that escape,
    and it shall be holy;
and the house of Jacob shall take possession of those who dispossessed them.
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
    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 of the house of Esau;
for the Lord has spoken.
19 Those of the Negeb shall possess Mount Esau,
    and those of the Shephelah the land of the Philistines;
they shall possess the land of Ephraim and the land of Samaria,
    and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah[g]
    shall possess[h] Phoenicia as far as Zarephath;
and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
    shall possess the towns of the Negeb.
21 Those who have been saved[i] shall go up to Mount Zion
    to rule Mount Esau;
    and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.

Footnotes:

  1. Obadiah 1:3 Or clefts of Sela
  2. Obadiah 1:7 Cn: Heb lacks those who ate
  3. Obadiah 1:12 Heb But do not gloat (and similarly through verse 14)
  4. Obadiah 1:12 Heb on the day of
  5. Obadiah 1:13 Heb his
  6. Obadiah 1:16 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  7. Obadiah 1:20 Cn: Heb in this army
  8. Obadiah 1:20 Cn: Meaning of Heb uncertain
  9. Obadiah 1:21 Or Saviors
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