THE BOOK OF OBADIAH

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   Obadiah 1

1  THE vision of Obadiah.
   Thus saith GOD concerning Edom:
   We have heard a message from the LORD,
   And an ambassador is sent forth among the heathen;
   Arise all ye up, and let us rise up now against her in battle.
2  Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen; thou art greatly despised.
3  The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock,
   Whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
4  Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle and set thy nest among the stars,
   Thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.
5  If thieves came to thee,
   If robbers by night, (how thou art cut off!)
   Would they not have stolen only till they had enough?
   If the grape gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?
6  How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought for!
7  All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border;
   The men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee,
   And they have prevailed against thee;
   They that eat thy bread,     `
   Have laid a trap under thee;
   There is no understanding in him.
8  Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD,
   Even destroy all of the wise men out of Edom,
   And all the understanding out of the mount of Esau?
9  And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed to the end,
   That every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.
10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob, thy shame shall cover thee,
   And thou shalt be cut off forever; in that day thou stoodest apart from them,
   When strangers carried away captive his forces and foreigners entered into his gates,
   And cast lots for Jerusalem, thou wast even like one of them.
12 Thou shouldest not have looked down on thy brother,
   In the day that he became a stranger;
   And neither shouldest thou have rejoiced,
   Over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction;
   Neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of their distress.
13 Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity;
   Yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity,
   Nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;
14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway,
   To cut off those of his that escaped;
   And neither shouldest thou have delivered up,
   Those of his that did remain in the day of distress.
15 For the day of the LORD is now near upon all the heathen;
   As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee;
   Thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain,
   So shall all the heathen drink continually,
   Yea, they shall drink, and shall swallow down,
   And they shall be as though they had not ever been.
17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness;
   And the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire,
   And the house of Joseph a flame,
   And the house of Esau for the stubble,
   And they shall kindle in them, and devour them;
   And there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines;
   And they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria; and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath;
   And the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.
21 And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau;
   And the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.