The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord
Jehovah concerning Edom: We have heard tidings from Jehovah, and an
ambassador is sent among the nations, saying, Arise ye, and let us
rise up against her in battle. Behold, I have
made thee small among the nations: thou art greatly despised.
The pride of thy heart hath deceived thee, O thou
that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that
says in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
Though thou mount on high as the eagle, and
though thy nest be set among the stars, I will bring thee down from
thence, says Jehovah. If thieves came to thee,
if robbers by night (how art thou cut off!), would they not steal
only till they had enough? if grape-gatherers came to thee, would
they not leave some gleaning grapes? How are
the things of Esau searched! how are his hidden treasures sought
out! All the men of thy confederacy have brought
thee on thy way, even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee
have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy
bread lay a snare under thee: there is no understanding in him.
Shall I not in that day, says Jehovah, destroy
the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?
And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed,
to the end that every one may be cut off from the mount of Esau by
slaughter. For the violence done to thy brother
Jacob, shame shall cover thee, and thou will be cut off for ever.
In the day that thou stoodest on the other side,
in the day that strangers carried away his substance, and foreigners
entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as
one of them. But look not thou on the day of thy
brother in the day of his disaster, and rejoice not over the children of
Judah in the day of their destruction; neither speak proudly in the day of
distress. Enter not into the gate of my people
in the day of their calamity; yea, look not thou on their affliction in
the day of their calamity, neither lay ye hands on their substance
in the day of their calamity. And stand thou not
in the crossway, to cut off those of his that escape; and deliver not up
those of his that remain in the day of distress.
For the day of Jehovah is near upon all the
nations: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee; thy dealing shall
return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk
upon my holy mountain, so shall all the nations drink continually; yea,
they shall drink, and swallow down, and shall be as though they had not
been. But in mount Zion there shall be those
that escape, and it shall be holy; and the house of Jacob shall possess
their possessions. And the house of Jacob shall
be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for
stubble, and they shall burn among them, and devour them; and there shall
not be any remaining to the house of Esau; for Jehovah hath spoken it.
And they of the South shall possess the mount of
Esau, and they of the lowland the Philistines; and they shall possess the
field of Ephraim, and the field of Samaria; and Benjamin shall
possess Gilead. And the captives of this
host of the children of Israel, that are among the Canaanites,
shall possess even unto Zarephath; and the captives of Jerusalem,
that are in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the South.
And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to
judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be Jehovah's.
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