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1The vision of Obadiah.

This is what the Lord Yahweh says about Edom:

 We have heard news from Yahweh,

 and an ambassador is sent among the nations, saying,

 “Arise, and let’s rise up against her in battle.”


 2 Behold, I have made you small

 among the nations.

 You are 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 Though you mount on high as the eagle,

 and though your nest is set among the stars,

 I will bring you down from there,

 says Yahweh.


If thieves came to you,

 if robbers by night–

 oh, what disaster awaits you–

 would not they only steal until they had enough?

 If grape pickers came to you,

 would not they leave some gleaning grapes?


 6 How Esau will be ransacked!

 How his hidden treasures are sought out!


 7 All the men of your alliance

 have brought you on your way,

 even to the border.

 The men who were at peace with you

 have deceived you and prevailed against you.

 Friends who eat 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 Your mighty men, Teman, will be dismayed,

 to the end that everyone may be cut off

 from the mountain of Esau by slaughter.


For 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 on the other side,

 in the day that strangers carried away his substance

 and foreigners entered into his gates,

 and cast lots for Jerusalem,

 even you were like one of them.


 12 But do not look down on your brother

 in the day of his disaster,

 and do not rejoice over the children of Judah

 in the day of their destruction.

 Do not speak proudly

 in the day of distress.


 13 Do not enter into the gate of my people

 in the day of their calamity.

 Do not look down on their affliction

 in the day of their calamity,

 neither seize their wealth

 on the day of their calamity.


 14 Do not stand in the crossroads

 to cut off those of his who escape.

 Do not deliver up those of his who remain

 in the day of distress.


For the day of Yahweh is near

 all the nations!

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

 Your deeds will return upon your own head.


 16 For as you have drunk on my holy mountain,

 so will all the nations drink continually.

 Yes, they will drink, 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 The house of Jacob will be a fire,

 the house of Joseph a flame,

 and the house of Esau for stubble.

 They will burn among them, and devour them.

 There will not be any remaining

 to the house of Esau.

 Indeed, Yahweh has spoken.


Those of the Negev

 will possess the mountain of Esau,

 and those of the lowland,

 the Philistines.

 They will possess

 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 possess even to Zarephath;

 and the captives of Jerusalem, who are in Sepharad,

 will possess 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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