The Book of Obadiah
The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning
Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent
among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in
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 though thou
set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the
5 If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art
thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the
grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?
6 How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his
hidden things sought up!
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
prevailed against thee; that they eat thy bread have laid a wound under
thee: there is none understanding in him.
8 Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy
the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of
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
10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall
cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.
11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the
day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners
entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as
one of them.
12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy
brother in the day that he became a stranger; 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 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 did escape; 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 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 they shall
swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.
17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there
shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their
18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house
of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for 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
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
21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the
mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.