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1The vision of Obadiah.

This is what the Lord Yahweh says concerning Edom:

 We have heard a report from Yahweh,

 and an envoy has been sent among the nations, saying,

 “Rise up! And let us rise up against her in battle.”

 

 2 Behold, I will make you small

 among the nations.

 You will be greatly despised.

 

 3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,

 you who dwell in the clefts of the rock,

 whose habitation is high,

 who says in his heart,

 “Who will bring me down to the ground?”

 

 4 Even if you soar high like the eagle,

 and though your nest is set among the stars,

 I will bring you down from there,

 says Yahweh.

 

 
5 
If thieves came to you,

 if robbers by night—

 oh, what disaster awaits you!—

 would they not steal only until they had enough?

 If grape-gatherers came to you,

 would not they leave some gleanings among the grapes?

 

 6 How Esau will be ransacked!

 How his hidden treasures will be sought out!

 

 7 Even to your border

 will all the men with whom you have made a covenant force you.

 The men who were at peace with you

 have deceived you and prevailed against you.

 Those who share your bread

 lay a snare under you.

 There is no understanding in him.

 

 8 Will I not in that day,

 says Yahweh,

 destroy the wise men out of Edom,

 and understanding

 out of the mountain of Esau?

 

 9 And your mighty men, O Teman, will be dismayed,

 to the end that everyone from the mountain of Esau

 will be cut off by slaughter.

 

 
10 
Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob,

 shame will cover you,

 and you will be cut off forever.

 

 11 In the day that you stood aloof,

 in the day that strangers carried away his wealth

 and foreigners entered into his gates,

 and cast lots for Jerusalem,

 even you were like one of them.

 

 12 You should not have gloated over the day of your brother,

 over the day of his disaster.

 And you should not have rejoiced over the children of Judah

 on the day of their destruction.

 And you should not have spoken proudly

 in the day of distress.

 

 13 You should not have entered into the gate of my people

 on the day of their calamity.

 You should not have gloated over their affliction

 on the day of their calamity.

 You should not have seized their wealth

 on the day of their calamity.

 

 14 You should not have stood at the crossroads

 to cut down those of his who escape.

 You should not have handed over those of his who remain

 in the day of distress.

 

 
15 
For the day of Yahweh is near

 against all the nations!

 As you have done, it will be done to you.

 Your deeds will return upon your own head.

 

 16 For just as you drank on my holy mountain,

 so will all the nations drink continually.

 Yes, they will drink and swallow down,

 and will be as though they had not been.

 

 17 But in Mount Zion, there will be those who escape,

 and it will be holy.

 The house of Jacob

 will possess their possessions.

 

 18 And the house of Jacob will be a fire,

 the house of Joseph a flame,

 and the house of Esau will be for stubble.

 They will burn among them, and consume them,

 and there will not be any remaining

 to the house of Esau.

 Indeed, Yahweh has spoken.

 

 
19 
Those of the Negev

 will take possession of the mountain of Esau,

 and those of the Shephelah

 will take possession of the Philistines.

 They will take possession of

 the field of Ephraim and the field of Samaria.

 Benjamin will possess Gilead.

 

 20 And the exiles of this army of the children of Israel,

 who are among the Canaanites, will take possession even as far as Zarephath;

 and the captives of Jerusalem, who are in Sepharad,

 will take possession of the cities of the Negev.

 

 21 Saviors will go up on Mount Zion

 to judge the mountains of Esau,

 and the kingdom will be Yahweh’s.

 

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