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Ovadiyah/Obadiah  1:1 - 21

Chapter 1

1 A vision of Obadiah — So said my Lord Hashem/Elohim about Edom - We have heard tidings from Hashem and among the nations an envoy has been sent, "Arise! Let us rise up against her to do battle!"  2 Behold! I have made you small among the nations; you are exceedingly despised.  3 Your wanton heart has seduced you, you who dwells in the cleft of the rock, whose habitation is high, who says in his heart, "Who can bring me down to earth?"  4 Though you ascend as high as an eagle and place your nest among the stars — from there I will bring you down! — the words of Hashem.

5 If thieves had come upon you, or robbers in the night — how utterly you are cut off! — they would have stolen their fill; if cutters of grapes had come upon you, they would have left the young grapes.  6 How thoroughly scoured was Esau, how ransacked his hidden treasures.  7 Until the border all your confederates escorted you, those who seemed at peace with you seduced you and prevailed against you, those who eat your bread emplace sickness beneath you, who fail to discern it.

8 Is there any doubt that on that day — the words of Hashem — I will cause the wise men of Edom to be lost, and discernment from the mountain of Esau?  9 Your mighty ones to the south will be smashed, so that every man from Esau's mountain will be cut down through the slaughter.  10 For your violence to your brother Jacob, shame will cover you, and you will be cut down forever.  11 Because of the day you stood aloof, the day strangers plundered his wealth, foreigners entered his gates and they cast lots on Jerusalem — you were like one of them.  12 You should not have gazed on the day of your brother, the day he was exiled; you should not have rejoiced over the children of Judah on the day of their destruction; you should not have spoken arrogantly on the day of distress.  13 You should not have entered the gate of My people on the day of their disaster; even you should not have gazed upon its misfortune on the day of its disaster; you should not have put your hands on its wealth on the day of its disaster.  14 You should not have stood at the crossroads to cut down its refugees; you should not have imprisoned its survivors on the day of distress.

15 For the day of Hashem upon all the nations is near; as you did, so will be done to you, your recompense shall return upon your head.  16 For you have drunk on My holy mountain, so shall all the nations always drink, they shall drink and swallow and become as if they had never been.

17 But on Mount Zion there shall be a remnant, and it shall become holy; and the House of Jacob will inherit its inheritors.  18 The House of Jacob will be a fire and the House of Joseph a flame — and the House of Esau like straw; they will kindle among them and consume them; and there will be no survivor of the House of Esau, for Hashem has spoken.  19 They shall inherit the south, the mountain of Esau; and the lowland, Philistia; and they shall inherit the field of Ephraim and the field of Samaria; and Benjamin [shall inherit] the Gilead.  20 And this exiled force of the Children of Israel that were with Canaanites as far as France, and the exile of Jerusalem that is in Spain — they will inherit the cities of the south.  21 Then saviors will ascend Mount Zion to judge Esau's mountain, and the kingdom will be Hashem's.


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