Chapter One

  1. THE VISION of O-‍ba-‍di‍‍-‍ah. Thus saith the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨God⟩ con­cern­ing E‍‍-‍dom; We have heard a ru­mour sent among the heath­en, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.
  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 say­eth in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
  4. Though thou ex­alt thy­self as the ea­gle, and thou thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  5. If thieves came to thee, if rob­bers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stol­en (on­ly) 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; they that 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 E‍‍-‍dom, and un­der­stand­ing out of the mount of Esau?
  9. And thy migh­ty men, O ‍Te‍‍-‍man, shall be dis­mayed, to the end that ev­ery one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.
  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. []

  1. 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;
  2. 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.
  3. For the day of the ⟨Lord⟩ is near up­on all heath­en: as thou hast done, it shall be done un­to thee: thy re­ward shall re­turn up­on thine own head.
  4. 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.
  5. But up­on mount Zion shall be de­liv­er­ance, and there shall be holi­ness; and the house of Ja­cob shall pos­sess their possessions.
  6. 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.
  7. And they of the south shall pos­sess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Phi-‍lis‍‍-‍tines: and they shall pos­sess the fields of E‍‍-‍phra-‍im, and the fields of Sa-‍ma‍‍-‍ri-‍a: and Ben­ja­min shall possess Gil‍‍-‍e-‍ad.
  8. And the cap­tiv­ity of this host of the chil­dren of Is­ra­el shall pos­sess that of the Ca‍‍-‍naan-‍ites, even unto Zar‍‍-‍e-‍phath; and the cap­tiv­ity of Je­ru­sa­lem, which is in Seph‍‍-‍a-‍rad, shall po­sess the cities of the south.
  9. And sav­iours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the king­dom shall be the ⟨Lord’s⟩.
"precept upon precept; line upon line" . . . - For knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail, but understanding remaineth (if gained from the former).