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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’s rise up against her in battle.”
  2Behold, I will make you small among the nations. You will be greatly despised.
  3The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose home is high, who says in his heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?”
  4Even 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.
  5If thieves came to you, if robbers by night— O how you will be destroyed!a— would they not steal only until they had enough? If grape gatherers came to you, would they not leave some gleanings among the grapes?
  6How Esau will be ransacked! How his hidden treasures will be sought out!
  7All the men with whom you have made a covenant will drive to your border. 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.
  8Will I not in that day, says Yahweh, destroy the wise men of Edom, and understanding from the mountain of Esau?
  9And your warriors, O Teman, will be shattered, in order that everyone from the mountain of Esau will be cut off by slaughter.
  10Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob, shame will cover you, and you will be cut off forever.
  11In 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, you were also like one of them.
  12You 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.
  13You 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.
  14You should not have stood at the crossroads to cut down those of his who escape. You should not have handed over his survivors in the day of distress.
  15For the day of Yahweh is near against all the nations! As you have done, it will be done to you. What you deserve will return upon your own head.
  16For just as you drank on my holy mountain, so will all the nations drink continually. Yes, they will drink and swallow down, and they will be as though they had never been.
  17But in Mount Zion there will be those who escape, and it will be holy. And the house of Jacob will dispossess those who had dispossessed them.
  18And 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 a survivor to the house of Esau. For Yahweh has spoken.
  19Those 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.
  20And the exiles of this army of the children of Israel will take possession of the land of the Canaanites even as far as Zarephath; and the captives of Jerusalem, who are in Sepharad, will take possession of the cities of the Negev.
  21And saviors will go up on Mount Zion to rule the mountains of Esau, and the kingship will be Yahweh’s.

Heb. text uses the past tense for effect

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