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Do not meddle with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as one footstep, (A)because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession.

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21 (A)Edom, Moab, and the people of Ammon;

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Judgment on Edom

(A)Against Edom.

Thus says the Lord of hosts:

(B)Is wisdom no more in Teman?
(C)Has counsel perished from the prudent?
Has their wisdom (D)vanished?
Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of (E)Dedan!
For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him,
The time that I will punish him.
(F)If grape-gatherers came to you,
Would they not leave some gleaning grapes?
If thieves by night,
Would they not destroy until they have enough?
10 (G)But I have made Esau bare;
I have uncovered his secret places,
And he shall not be able to hide himself.
His descendants are plundered,
His brethren and his neighbors,
And (H)he is no more.
11 Leave your fatherless children,
I will preserve them alive;
And let your widows trust in Me.”

12 For thus says the Lord: “Behold, (I)those whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunk. And are you the one who will altogether go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you shall surely drink of it. 13 For (J)I have sworn by Myself,” says the Lord, “that (K)Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a [a]waste, and a curse. And all its cities shall be perpetual [b]wastes.”

14 (L)I have heard a message from the Lord,
And an ambassador has been sent to the nations:
“Gather together, come against her,
And rise up to battle!

15 “For indeed, I will make you small among nations,
Despised among men.
16 Your fierceness has deceived you,
The (M)pride of your heart,
O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock,
Who hold the height of the hill!
(N)Though you make your (O)nest as high as the eagle,
(P)I will bring you down from there,” says the Lord.

17 “Edom also shall be an astonishment;
(Q)Everyone who goes by it will be astonished
And will hiss at all its plagues.
18 (R)As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah
And their neighbors,” says the Lord,
“No one shall remain there,
Nor shall a son of man dwell in it.

19 “Behold,(S) he shall come up like a lion from (T)the [c]floodplain of the Jordan
Against the dwelling place of the strong;
But I will suddenly make him run away from her.
And who is a chosen man that I may appoint over her?
For (U)who is like Me?
Who will arraign Me?
And (V)who is that shepherd
Who will withstand Me?”

20 (W)Therefore hear the counsel of the Lord that He has taken against Edom,
And His purposes that He has proposed against the inhabitants of Teman:
Surely the least of the flock shall [d]draw them out;
Surely He shall make their dwelling places desolate with them.
21 (X)The earth shakes at the noise of their fall;
At the cry its noise is heard at the Red Sea.
22 Behold, (Y)He shall come up and fly like the eagle,
And spread His wings over Bozrah;
The heart of the mighty men of Edom in that day shall be
Like the heart of a woman in birth pangs.

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  1. Jeremiah 49:13 ruin
  2. Jeremiah 49:13 ruins
  3. Jeremiah 49:19 Or thicket
  4. Jeremiah 49:20 Or drag them away

Proclamation Against Edom

12 ‘Thus says the Lord God: (A)“Because of what Edom did against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them,” 13 therefore thus says the Lord God: “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom, cut off man and beast from it, and make it desolate from Teman; [a]Dedan shall fall by the sword. 14 (B)I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel, that they may do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance,” says the Lord God.

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  1. Ezekiel 25:13 Or even to Dedan they shall fall

19 “Egypt shall be a desolation,
And Edom a desolate wilderness,
Because of violence against the people of Judah,
For they have shed innocent blood in their land.

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11 Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of (A)Edom, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because he pursued his (B)brother with the sword,
And cast off all pity;
His anger tore perpetually,
And he kept his wrath forever.

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12 But (A)I will send a fire upon Teman,
Which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.”

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The Coming Judgment on Edom

The vision of Obadiah.

Thus says the Lord God (A)concerning Edom
(B)(We have heard a report from the Lord,
And a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying,
“Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle”):

“Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You shall be greatly despised.
The (C)pride of your heart has deceived you,
You who dwell in the clefts of the rock,
Whose habitation is high;
(D)You who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’
(E)Though you ascend as high as the eagle,
And though you (F)set your nest among the stars,
From there I will bring you down,” says the Lord.

“If (G)thieves had come to you,
If robbers by night—
Oh, how you will be cut off!—
Would they not have stolen till they had enough?
If grape-gatherers had come to you,
(H)Would they not have left some gleanings?

“Oh, how Esau shall be searched out!
How his hidden treasures shall be sought after!
All the men in your confederacy
Shall force you to the border;
(I)The men at peace with you
Shall deceive you and prevail against you.
Those who eat your bread shall lay a [a]trap for you.
(J)No[b] one is aware of it.

“Will(K) I not in that day,” says the Lord,
“Even destroy the wise men from Edom,
And understanding from the mountains of Esau?
Then your (L)mighty men, O (M)Teman, shall be dismayed,
To the end that everyone from the mountains of Esau
May be cut off by slaughter.

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  1. Obadiah 1:7 Or wound or plot
  2. Obadiah 1:7 Or There is no understanding in him

15 “For(A) the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near;
(B)As you have done, it shall be done to you;
Your [a]reprisal shall return upon your own head.

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  1. Obadiah 1:15 Or reward

16 (A)For as you drank on My holy mountain,
So shall all the nations drink continually;
Yes, they shall drink, and swallow,
And they shall be as though they had never been.

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