The Lord Will Punish the Edomites

This is the vision of Obadiah.

This is what the Lord God says about Edom:[a]

We have heard a message from the Lord.

A messenger has been sent among the nations, saying,

“Attack! Let’s go attack Edom!”

The Lord Speaks to the Edomites

“Soon I will make you the smallest of nations.

You will be greatly hated by everyone.

Your pride has fooled you,

you who live in the hollow places of the cliff.

Your home is up high,

you who say to yourself,

‘No one can bring me down to the ground.’

Even if you fly high like the eagle

and make your nest among the stars,

I will bring you down from there,” says the Lord.

“You will really be ruined!

If thieves came to you,

if robbers came by night,

they would steal only enough for themselves.

If workers came and picked the grapes from your vines,

they would leave a few behind.

But you, Edom, will really lose everything!

People will find all your hidden treasures!

All the people who are your friends

will force you out of the land.

The people who are at peace with you

will trick you and defeat you.

Those who eat your bread with you now

are planning a trap for you,

and you will not notice it.”

The Lord says, “On that day

I will surely destroy the wise people from Edom,

and those with understanding from the mountains of Edom.

Then, city of Teman, your best warriors will be afraid,

and everyone from the mountains of Edom will be killed.

10 You did violence to your relatives, the Israelites,

so you will be covered with shame

and destroyed forever.

11 You stood aside without helping

while strangers carried Israel’s treasures away.

When foreigners entered Israel’s city gate

and threw lots to decide what part of Jerusalem they would take,

you were like one of them.

Commands That Edom Broke

12 “Edom, do not laugh at your brother Israel in his time of trouble

or be happy about the people of Judah when they are destroyed.

Do not brag when cruel things are done to them.

13 Do not enter the city gate of my people

in their time of trouble

or laugh at their problems

in their time of trouble.

Do not take their treasures

in their time of trouble.

14 Do not stand at the crossroads

to destroy those who are trying to escape.

Do not capture those who escape alive and turn them over to their enemy

in their time of trouble.

The Nations Will Be Judged

15 “The Lord’s day of judging is coming soon

to all the nations.

The same evil things you did to other people

will happen to you;

they will come back upon your own head.

16 Because you drank in my Temple,

all the nations will drink on and on.

They will drink and drink

until they disappear.

17 But on Mount Zion some will escape the judgment,

and it will be a holy place.

The people of Jacob will take back their land

from those who took it from them.

18 The people of Jacob will be like a fire

and the people of Joseph[b] like a flame.

But the people of Esau[c] will be like dry stalks.

The people of Jacob will set them on fire and burn them up.

There will be no one left of the people of Esau.”

This will happen because the Lord has said it.

19 Then God’s people will regain southern Judah from Edom;

they will take back the mountains of Edom.

They will take back the western hills

from the Philistines.

They will regain the lands of Ephraim and Samaria,

and Benjamin will take over Gilead.

20 People from Israel who once were forced to leave their homes

will take the land of the Canaanites,

all the way to Zarephath.

People from Judah who once were forced to leave Jerusalem and live in Sepharad

will take back the cities of southern Judah.

21 Powerful warriors will go up on Mount Zion,

where they will rule the people living on Edom’s mountains.

And the kingdom will belong to the Lord.


  1. 1 Edom The Edomites were the people who came from Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. They were enemies of the Israelites.
  2. 18 people of Jacob . . . Joseph The people who came from Jacob and Joseph, or the Israelites.
  3. 18 people of Esau The people who came from Esau, or the Edomites.