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Obadiah 1

 1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom (We have heard a message from the LORD, and an ambassador was sent among the heathen saying, "Arise, and let us rise up against Edom in battle")-

 2 "Behold, I have made you [Edom] small among the heathen; you are greatly despised.

 3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high, who says in his heart, 'Who will bring me down to the ground?'

 4 Though you exalt yourself like the eagle and though you set your nest among the stars, I will bring you down from there, says the LORD.

 5 If thieves came to you, if robbers by night, (how you are cut off!) would they not have stolen only until they had enough? If the grape gatherers came to you, would they not leave some grapes for gleaning?

 6 How the things of Esau are searched out! How his hidden treasures are sought out!

 7 All the men of your confederacy have brought you to the border; the men who were at peace with you have deceived you and prevailed against you; those who eat your bread have laid a trap under you. But you do not understand it.

 8 Will I not in that day, says the LORD, destroy the wise men out of Edom and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

 9 And your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that everyone of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

 10 For your violence against your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever.

 11 On the day that you stood aloof, while strangers carried his forces away captive, and foreigners entered into his gates and cast lots upon Jerusalem, you were like one of them.

 12 But you should not have looked on in the day of your brother's misfortune, in the day that he became a stranger; neither should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither should you have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

 13 You should not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yes, you should not have looked on at their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their wealth in the day of their calamity.

 14 Neither should you have stood in the crossroads to cut off those who escaped; nor should you have delivered up those of his who remained in the day of distress.

 15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return upon your own head.

 16 For as you have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually; yes, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had never been.

 17 But on 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, but the house of Esau shall be stubble; and they shall kindle them and devour them, and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau, for the LORD has spoken it.

 19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau, and they of the plain the land of the Philistines; they shall possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria, and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.

 20 And the exiles of this host of the children of Israel in the land of the Canaanites shall possess the land as far as Zarephath, and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

 21 And deliverers shall come up to mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau, and the kingdom shall be the LORD's."

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