`Ovadyah

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`Ovadyah

Edom Will Be Humbled

1:1The vision of `Ovadyah. This is what the Lord ADONAI says about Edom.

We have heard news from ADONAI, and an ambassador is sent among the nations, saying, “Arise, and let’s rise up against her in battle. 1:2Behold, I have made you small among the nations. You are greatly despised. 1:3The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, whose dwelling place is lofty, who says in his heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’ 1:4Though you mount on high as the eagle, and though your nest is set among the stars, I will bring you down from there, declares ADONAI.

 1:5“If thieves came to you, if robbers by night — oh, what disaster awaits you — wouldn’t they steal only until they had enough? If grape pickers came to you, wouldn’t they leave some gleanings? 1:6How Esav will be ransacked! How his hidden treasures will be sought out! 1:7All your allies have have gone with you only to the border. The men who were at peace with you have deceived you  and defeted you. Friends who eat your bread set a trap for you, and you couldn’t discern it.

1:8When that day comes,” says ADONAI, “won’t I destroy all the wise men of Edom and understanding from the mountain of Esav? 1:9Your warriors, Teman, will be so dismayed that everyone from the mountain of Esav will be slaughtered. 1:10For the violence done to your kinsman Ya`akov, shame will cover you, and you will be cut off forever. 1:11On that day you just stood by while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered into his gates to cast lots for Yerushalayim — you were just like them. 1:12But don't gloat over your brother in the day of his disaster, and don’t rejoice over the people of Y'hudah in the day of their destruction. Don’t boast at their distress. 1:13Don’t enter into the gate of My people in the day of their disaster. Don't gloat over their calamity in the day of their disaster, and don’t loot their wealth on the day of their disaster. 1:14You shouldn’t have stood in the crossroads to slaughter those who escaped, or handed over the survivors in their day of distress.

The Day of ADONAI and the Future

 1:15For the day of ADONAI is near all the nations! As you have done, it will be done to you. Your deeds will return upon your own head. 1:16Because just as you drank on my holy mountain, so will all the nations drink continually. Yes, they will drink and swallow, and it will be as though they had never existed. 1:17But on Mount Tziyon there will be those who escape, and it will be holy. The household of Ya`akov will possess their possessions. 1:18The household of Ya`akov will be a fire, the household of Yosef a flame, and the household of Esav stubble. They will set them on fire and consume them, so there will be no survivors from the household of Esav." Indeed, ADONAI has spoken.

1:19Then the people of the Negev will possess the mountain of Esav, and those from the Shephelah will possess the land of the Pelishtim. They will possess the land of Efrayim, and the land of Shomron. Binyamin will occupy Gil`ad. 1:20The captives of the army of the people of Yisra'el exiled among the Kana`anim will occupy the land all the way to Tzarfat; and the exiles from Yerushalayim who are in Sepharad will possess the cities of the Negev. 1:21The victorious will ascend Mount Tziyon to rule pver the mountains of Esav, and the kingship will be ADONAI’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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