The prophecy of Obadiah
Edom pays it forward (1:1-14)
1:1 Obadiah's vision:
"We have heard the Lord's report
And a messenger was sent to the nations.
Arise! Let us rise against her in battle!"
1:2 Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You will be greatly despised.
1:3 The pride of your heart deceived you,
You who dwell in the clefts of rock
To dwell in the heavens.
He said in his heart, "Who will bring me down to the earth?"
1:4 Though you soar like the eagle,
And though your nest is set between the stars,
I will bring you down from there!" declares the Lord.
1:5 Though thieves came to you,
Even destroyers by night!
How you were destroyed!
Did they not steal enough?
Though harvesters came to you
Were there no gleanings left?
1:6 How they searched out Esau!
They pillaged his hidden treasures.
1:7 They sent you back over the border;
All the men of your covenant have deceived you.
They prevailed over you, men of your peace
Your bread, they placed an ambush under you.
There is no understanding among you.
1:8 Will I not on that day, declares the Lord,
Exterminate the wise from Edom
And the understanding from Mount Esau?
1:9 Then your mighty were dismayed, O Teman!
Because he cut off every man from Mount Esau by slaughter
1:10 From the violence to your brother Jacob, shame will cover you;
you will be cut off forever.
1:11 On the day you stood aloof,
On the day strangers carried off his wealth,
And foreigners entered his gates,
And for Jerusalem you cast lots;
Even you were like one of them!
1:12 But do not gloat in the day of your brother, in the day of his misfortune.
And do not rejoice against the sons of Judah in the day of their destruction.
And do not boast with your mouth in the day of distress.
1:13 Do not go into the gate of My people in the day of their disaster.
Do not gloat, even you, in his misery in the day of his disaster.
And do not loot his wealth in the day of his disaster.
1:14 And do not stand in the crossroads to cut off his refugees,
And do not surrender his survivors in the day of his distress.
God's Kingdom is coming (1:15-21)
Just as you do, it will be done to you.
Your deeds will return upon your own head.
1:16 "For just as you have drunk on My holy mountain,
all the nations will continually drink.
They will drink and will swallow and will be like they have never been.
1:17 "But on Mount Zion there will be refugees,
and it will be holy
and the house of Jacob will possess their inheritance.
1:18 "Then the house of Jacob will be a fire
And the house of Joseph will be a flame.
But the house of Esau, stubble.
Then they will burn them and devour them,
And there will not be a survivor for Esau's house," thus the Lord says.
1:19 Then the Negev will posses Mount Esau
And the Shephelah will possess the land of the Philistines,
And they will possess the land of Ephraim and the land of Samaria.
Yet Benjamin will possess Gilead.