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18 The family of Jacob will be like a fire.
    The nation of Joseph will be like a flame.
But the nation of Esau[a] will be like ashes.
    The people of Judah will burn Edom,
    and they will destroy it.
Then there will be no survivors in the nation of Esau.”
    This will happen because the Lord said it would.
19 Then people from the Negev will live on the mountain of Esau.
    And people from the foothills will take the Philistine lands.
They will live in the land of Ephraim and Samaria.
    Gilead will belong to Benjamin.
20 People from Israel were forced to leave their homes,
    but they will take back the land of Canaan, all the way to Zarephath.
People from Judah were forced to leave Jerusalem and live in Sepharad.[b]
    But they will take back the cities of the Negev.

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Footnotes

  1. Obadiah 1:18 nation of Esau Literally, “the house of Esau.”
  2. Obadiah 1:20 Sepharad This is probably Spain.

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