Obadiah


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Obadiah (Servant of Yahweh)

     1[1-5] This is the vision of Obadiah. This is what Yahweh God says about Edom (Arab nations). We’ve heard a word from Yahweh, who has sent someone to tell the nations, saying, “Get up, and let’s go to war against them. See, I’ve made you least among the nations. You’re hated by all of them. The pride of your heart has misled you, you who live in the cracks of the rocks, who live up high on the mountains and say in your hearts, ‘Who will bring us down to earth?’ Though you fly as high as the eagle, and though your nest is set in the stars, I’ll bring you down,” says Yahweh. “If thieves came to you by night wouldn’t they keep stealing until they had enough? Oh, what disaster is coming to you! If grape pickers came to you, wouldn’t they leave a few grapes to be picked by the poor?

[6-10] How Esau (Arab peoples) will be raided! How your hidden treasures will be searched out! All those who you’ve made agreements with have brought you here, even to the edge of your land. Those who were at peace with you have misled you, and have overcome you. Friends who eat with you have trapped you. They won’t have Mercy.” “Won’t I in that day,” says Yahweh, “destroy the educated ones out of Edom (Arab nations), and those of understanding out of the mountain of Esau (Arab peoples)? Your strong ones, Teman (Idumea), will be confused, to the end that everyone will be killed who is from the mountain of Esau (Arab peoples). You’ll be shamed, and destroyed forever for the violence done to your kin, Jacob (Jewish peoples).

[11-15] In the day that you stood on the other side, in the day that strangers carried away everything they owned, and foreigners entered into their city, and gambled for Jerusalem, even you were like one of them. Don’t look down on your kin when disaster comes to them, and don’t celebrate over the people of Judah (Jews) when they’re destroyed. Don’t speak proudly when they’re troubled. Don’t enter into the city of My people when trouble comes to them. Don’t look down on their suffering, nor take what they own when they’re in trouble. Don’t stand in the crossroads to catch those who escape. Don’t hand over those who are left when they’re attacked. For the day of Yahweh is coming to all the nations! Just as you’ve done, it will be done to you. You’ll be paid back for everything you’ve done.

[16-20] For as you’ve drunk on My holy mountain, so all the nations will drink My rage. Yes, they’ll drink, swallow down, and they’ll all be destroyed. But in Mount Zion (Jerusalem), some survivors will escape, and it will be holy. The people of Jacob (Jews) will get what’s theirs. The people of Jacob (Jews) will be a fire, the people of Joseph (Jews) a flame, and the people of Esau (Arab peoples) for stubble. They’ll burn among them, and burn them up. There won’t be any left of the people of Esau (Arab peoples).” Without a doubt, Yahweh has spoken. Those of the South will get the mountain of Esau (Arab nations), and those of the lowland, the Philistines’ land (Crete, Western seacoast). They’ll get the field of Ephraim, and the field of Samaria (Northern lands). Benjamin will get the mountains of Gilead. The prisoners of war of the people of Israel, who are among the Canaanites, will get land all the way to Zarephath (Sura-fend); and the prisoners of Jerusalem, who are in Sepharad, will get the cities of the Negev Desert.

[21]  And those who were saved will go up on Mount Zion (Jerusalem) to judge the mountains of Esau (Arab peoples), and Yahweh God will have the whole realm.

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