Edom’s Certain Judgment

1 The vision of Obadiah.

This is what the Lord God has said about Edom:(A)

We have heard a message from the Lord;(B)
a messenger has been sent(C) among the nations:
“Rise up,(D) and let us go to war against her.”(a)
Look, I will make you insignificant(E)
among the nations;
you will be deeply despised.
Your presumptuous heart has deceived you,(F)
you who live in clefts of the rock(b)(c)(G)
in your home on the heights,
who say to yourself,
“Who can bring me down to the ground?”(H)
Though you seem to soar(d) like an eagle(I)
and make your nest among the stars,(J)
even from there I will bring you down.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
If thieves came to you,(K)
if marauders by night—
how ravaged you would be!—
wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?
If grape pickers came to you,
wouldn’t they leave some grapes?(L)
How Esau will be pillaged,(M)
his hidden treasures searched out!(N)
Everyone who has a treaty with you(O)
will drive you to the border;
everyone at peace with you
will deceive and conquer you.
Those who eat your bread(P)
will set(e) a trap for you.
He will be unaware of it.(Q)
In that day—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edom(R)
and those who understand
from the hill country of Esau?
Teman,(f)(S) your warriors(T) will be terrified
so that everyone from the hill country of Esau
will be destroyed by slaughter.(U)

Edom’s Sins against Judah

You will be covered with shame
and destroyed forever
because of violence done to your brother Jacob.(V)
On the day you stood aloof,(W)
on the day strangers captured his wealth,(g)
while foreigners entered his gate
and cast lots for Jerusalem,(X)
you were just like one of them.(Y)
Do not(h) gloat over your brother(Z)
in the day of his calamity;
do not rejoice over the people of Judah(AA)
in the day of their destruction;
do not boastfully mock(i)(AB)
in the day of distress.(AC)
Do not enter the gate of My people
in the day of their disaster.(AD)
Yes, you—do not gloat over their misery
in the day of their disaster
and do not appropriate their possessions(AE)
in the day of their disaster.
Do not stand at the crossroads(j)(AF)
to cut off their fugitives,
and do not hand over their survivors
in the day of distress.


a. Obadiah 1:1: Edom
b. Obadiah 1:3: Or in Sela; probably Petra
c. Obadiah 1:3: Probably Petra
d. Obadiah 1:4: Or to build high
e. Obadiah 1:7: Some LXX mss, Sym, Tg, Vg; MT reads They will set your bread as
f. Obadiah 1:9: a region or city in Edom
g. Obadiah 1:11: Or forces
h. Obadiah 1:12: Or You should not throughout vv. 12-14
i. Obadiah 1:12: Lit not make your mouth big
j. Obadiah 1:14: Hb obscure

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