1The vision of Obadiah.
Edom’s Certain Judgment
This is what the Lord God has said about Edom:1 Gn 25:30; Ps 137:7; Is 21:11–12; 34:1–17; 63:1–6; Ezk 25:12–14; Am 1:11–12; Mal 1:2–5
We have heard a message from the Lord;1–4 Jr 49:14–16
an envoy has been sent1 Is 18:2; 30:4 among the nations:
“Rise up,1 Jr 6:4–5 and let’s go to war against her.”1 = Edom
2Look, I will make you insignificant2 Nm 24:18; Is 23:9
among the nations;
you will be deeply despised.
3Your arrogant heart has deceived you,3 Is 16:6
you who live in clefts of the rock3 Or in Sela; probably = Petra3 Probably Petra3 2Kg 14:7; 2Ch 25:12
in your home on the heights,
who say to yourself,
“Who can bring me down to the ground?” 3 Is 14:13–15
4Though you seem to soar4 Or to build high like an eagle4 Jb 20:6–7; Hab 2:9
and make your nest among the stars,4 Is 14:12–15
even from there I will bring you down.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

5If thieves came to you,5 Jr 49:9
if marauders by night —
how ravaged you would be! —
wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?
If grape harvesters came to you,
wouldn’t they leave a few grapes?5 Lv 19:10; 25:5,11
6How Esau will be pillaged,6 Jr 49:10
his hidden treasures searched out!6 Mal 1:2–3
7Everyone who has a treaty with you7 Ps 55:20; Jr 30:14; Am 1:9
will drive you to the border;
everyone at peace with you
will deceive and conquer you.
Those who eat your bread7 Ps 41:9
will set7 Some LXX mss, Sym, Tg, Vg; MT reads They will set your bread as a trap for you.
He will be unaware of it.7 Jr 49:7
8In that day —
this is the Lord’s declaration —
will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edom8 Jb 4:1; 5:12–14
and those who understand
from the hill country of Esau?
9Teman,9 = a region or city in Edom9 Gn 36:11; 1Ch 1:45; Jb 2:11; Hab 3:3 your warriors9 Jr 49:22 will be terrified
so that everyone from the hill country of Esau
will be destroyed by slaughter.9 Is 34:5–8; 63:1–3; Jr 49:7,20; Ezk 25:13; Am 1:12; Ob 5
Edom’s Sins against Judah
10You will be covered with shame
and destroyed forever
because of violence done to your brother Jacob.10 Ezk 25:12–14; Jl 3:19; Am 1:11
11On the day you stood aloof,11 Ps 83:5–6; 137:7; Am 1:6,9
on the day strangers captured his wealth,11 Or forces
while foreigners entered his city gate
and cast lots for Jerusalem,11 Jl 3:3; Nah 3:10
you were just like one of them.11 2Ch 21:17; Ezk 35:10
12Do not12–14 Or You should not throughout vv. 12–14 gloat over your brother12 Mc 4:11; 7:10
in the day of his calamity;
do not rejoice over the people of Judah12 Ps 83:1–6; 137:7–9; Lm 4:21–22; Ezk 35:15; 36:5
in the day of their destruction;
do not boastfully mock12 Lit not make your mouth big12 Ps 31:18; Ezk 35:12
in the day of distress.12 Gn 35:3; Ps 50:15; Jr 16:19
13Do not enter my people’s city gate
in the day of their disaster.13 Ezk 35:5
Yes, you — do not gloat over their misery
in the day of their disaster,
and do not appropriate their possessions13 Ezk 35:10; 36:2–3
in the day of their disaster.
14Do not stand at the crossroads14 Hb obscure14 Is 16:3–4
to cut off their fugitives,
and do not hand over their survivors
in the day of distress.
Judgment of the Nations
15For the day of the Lord15 Jl 1:15; 2:1,11,31; Am 5:18,20 is near,
against all the nations.15 Is 13:6; Jl 3:14; Zph 1:7,14
As you have done,15 Jr 50:29; 51:56 it will be done to you;
what you deserve will return on your own head.15 Jr 50:15; Ezk 35:11
16As you have drunk on my holy mountain,16 Jr 49:12
so all the nations will drink continually.16 Is 51:22–23
They will drink and gulp down
and be as though they had never been.
17But there will be a deliverance on Mount Zion,17 Is 4:2–3
and it will be holy;16–17 Is 66:20; Jl 2:32
the house of Jacob will dispossess17 Is 14:1–2; Am 9:11–15
those who dispossessed them.17 DSS, LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg; MT reads Jacob will possess its inheritance17 Ezk 36:2–5
18Then the house of Jacob will be a blazing fire,18 Is 5:24; 9:18–19; Am 1:12; Zch 12:6
and the house of Joseph, a burning flame,
but the house of Esau will be stubble;
Jacob18 Lit they will set them on fire and consume Edom.18 Lit them
Therefore no survivor will remain18 Jr 11:23
of the house of Esau,
for the Lord has spoken.
Future Blessing for Israel
19People from the Negev will possess19 Is 11:14
the hill country of Esau;19 Am 9:11–12
those from the Judean foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.19 Is 11:14
They19 = The house of Jacob will possess
the territories of Ephraim and Samaria,19 Jr 31:5; 32:44
while Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah20 Or of this host of the Israelites; Hb obscure
and who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath20 1Kg 17:9–10; Lk 4:26
as well as the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the cities of the Negev.20 Jr 32:44; 33:13
21Saviors21 Or Those who have been delivered will ascend Mount Zion21 Neh 9:27; Is 4:5; 18:7; 24:23; Dn 2:44; Mc 4:7
to rule over the hill country of Esau,
and the kingdom will be the Lord’s.21 Ps 22:28; 47:7–9; 67:4; Zch 14:9