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Obadiah’s Vision(A)(B)

The vision(C) of Obadiah.

This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom(D)

We have heard a message from the Lord:
An envoy(E) was sent to the nations to say,
“Rise, let us go against her for battle”(F)

“See, I will make you small(G) among the nations;
you will be utterly despised.
The pride(H) of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks[a](I)
and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’(J)
Though you soar like the eagle
and make your nest(K) among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,”(L)
declares the Lord.(M)
“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?(N)
But how Esau will be ransacked,
his hidden treasures pillaged!
All your allies(O) will force you to the border;
your friends will deceive and overpower you;
those who eat your bread(P) will set a trap for you,[b]
but you will not detect it.

“In that day,” declares the Lord,
“will I not destroy(Q) the wise men of Edom,
those of understanding in the mountains of Esau?
Your warriors, Teman,(R) will be terrified,
and everyone in Esau’s mountains
will be cut down in the slaughter.
10 Because of the violence(S) against your brother Jacob,(T)
you will be covered with shame;
you will be destroyed forever.(U)
11 On the day you stood aloof
while strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots(V) for Jerusalem,
you were like one of them.(W)
12 You should not gloat(X) over your brother
in the day of his misfortune,(Y)
nor rejoice(Z) over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction,(AA)
nor boast(AB) so much
in the day of their trouble.(AC)
13 You should not march through the gates of my people
in the day of their disaster,
nor gloat over them in their calamity(AD)
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,(AE)
nor hand over their survivors
in the day of their trouble.

15 “The day of the Lord is near(AF)
for all nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you;
your deeds(AG) will return upon your own head.
16 Just as you drank(AH) on my holy hill,(AI)
so all the nations will drink(AJ) continually;
they will drink and drink
and be as if they had never been.(AK)
17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance;(AL)
it will be holy,(AM)
and Jacob will possess his inheritance.(AN)
18 Jacob will be a fire
and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
and they will set him on fire(AO) and destroy(AP) him.
There will be no survivors(AQ)
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.(AR)
They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria,(AS)
and Benjamin(AT) will possess Gilead.
20 This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan
will possess the land as far as Zarephath;(AU)
the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the towns of the Negev.(AV)
21 Deliverers(AW) will go up on[c] Mount Zion
to govern the mountains of Esau.
And the kingdom will be the Lord’s.(AX)


  1. Obadiah 1:3 Or of Sela
  2. Obadiah 1:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
  3. Obadiah 1:21 Or from

Cross references:

  1. Obadiah 1:1 : 1-4pp — Jer 49:14-16
  2. Obadiah 1:1 : 5-6pp — Jer 49:9-10
  3. Obadiah 1:1 : S Isa 1:1
  4. Obadiah 1:1 : S Ge 25:14; S Isa 11:14; S 34:11; 63:1-6; Jer 49:7-22; S Eze 25:12-14; S 32:29; S Am 1:11-12
  5. Obadiah 1:1 : Isa 18:2
  6. Obadiah 1:1 : Jer 6:4-5
  7. Obadiah 1:2 : Nu 24:18
  8. Obadiah 1:3 : S Isa 16:6
  9. Obadiah 1:3 : fn Isa 16:1
  10. Obadiah 1:3 : S 2Ch 25:11-12
  11. Obadiah 1:4 : S Isa 10:14
  12. Obadiah 1:4 : S Isa 14:13
  13. Obadiah 1:4 : S Job 20:6
  14. Obadiah 1:5 : S Dt 4:27; 24:21; S Isa 24:13
  15. Obadiah 1:7 : Jer 30:14
  16. Obadiah 1:7 : S Ps 41:9
  17. Obadiah 1:8 : Job 5:12; Isa 29:14
  18. Obadiah 1:9 : S Ge 36:11, 34
  19. Obadiah 1:10 : S Joel 3:19
  20. Obadiah 1:10 : Ps 137:7; Am 1:11-12
  21. Obadiah 1:10 : S Ps 137:7; S Eze 25:12-14; 35:9
  22. Obadiah 1:11 : S Job 6:27; S Eze 24:6
  23. Obadiah 1:11 : S Am 1:6
  24. Obadiah 1:12 : Pr 24:17
  25. Obadiah 1:12 : S Job 31:29
  26. Obadiah 1:12 : S Eze 35:15
  27. Obadiah 1:12 : S Pr 17:5
  28. Obadiah 1:12 : Ps 137:7
  29. Obadiah 1:12 : S Eze 25:6; Mic 4:11; 7:8
  30. Obadiah 1:13 : S Eze 35:5
  31. Obadiah 1:14 : S 1Ki 18:4
  32. Obadiah 1:15 : S Jer 46:10; S Eze 30:3; S Joel 2:31; S Am 5:18
  33. Obadiah 1:15 : S Jer 50:29; Hab 2:8
  34. Obadiah 1:16 : Isa 51:17
  35. Obadiah 1:16 : S Ex 15:17
  36. Obadiah 1:16 : Jer 25:15; 49:12; S La 4:21-22
  37. Obadiah 1:16 : S La 4:21; S Eze 25:12-14
  38. Obadiah 1:17 : S Ps 69:35; S Isa 14:1-2; Joel 2:32; S Am 9:11-15
  39. Obadiah 1:17 : S Ps 74:2; S Isa 4:3
  40. Obadiah 1:17 : Zec 8:12
  41. Obadiah 1:18 : S Isa 1:31
  42. Obadiah 1:18 : Zec 12:6
  43. Obadiah 1:18 : S Jer 49:10
  44. Obadiah 1:19 : Isa 11:14
  45. Obadiah 1:19 : S Jer 31:5
  46. Obadiah 1:19 : S Nu 1:36
  47. Obadiah 1:20 : 1Ki 17:9-10; Lk 4:26
  48. Obadiah 1:20 : S Jer 33:13
  49. Obadiah 1:21 : S Dt 28:29; S Jdg 3:9
  50. Obadiah 1:21 : S Ps 22:28; 47:9; 66:4; S Da 2:44; Zec 14:9, 16; Mal 1:14; Rev 11:15
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Revelation 9

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth.(A) The star was given the key(B) to the shaft of the Abyss.(C) When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace.(D) The sun and sky were darkened(E) by the smoke from the Abyss.(F) And out of the smoke locusts(G) came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions(H) of the earth. They were told not to harm(I) the grass of the earth or any plant or tree,(J) but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.(K) They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months.(L) And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion(M) when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.(N)

The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle.(O) On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.(P) Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.(Q) They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.(R) 10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.(S) 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss,(T) whose name in Hebrew(U) is Abaddon(V) and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

12 The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.(W)

13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns(X) of the golden altar that is before God.(Y) 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels(Z) who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”(AA) 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released(AB) to kill a third(AC) of mankind.(AD) 16 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.(AE)

17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths(AF) came fire, smoke and sulfur.(AG) 18 A third(AH) of mankind was killed(AI) by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur(AJ) that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent(AK) of the work of their hands;(AL) they did not stop worshiping demons,(AM) and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.(AN) 21 Nor did they repent(AO) of their murders, their magic arts,(AP) their sexual immorality(AQ) or their thefts.

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