God will punish Edom's people
1 God, who is the Lord, gave a message to Obadiah. The message is about Edom.
1:1When we write Lord like this, it is a special name for God. Sometimes people write it as ‘Yahweh’, or as ‘Jehovah’. It is his own name that he told Moses. See Exodus 3:14. It means ‘I am who I am’. This shows that God has always been there and he always will be there.
This is the message from the Lord to the Israelites.
We have heard what God said.
And someone has taken a message to the countries.
‘Stand up and fight against Edom.’
2 God said to Edom,
‘I will make you small among other people.
They will think that you are not worth anything.
3 You think that you are better than other people. And so you believe something that is not true.
You live in a place that is difficult to reach.
Your home is high up in a place among rocks.
You say to yourself,
“Nobody can reach us up here.”
4 You may be like a strong bird that flies high.
And you may make your home in the highest places among the stars.
But I will bring you down from there,’ says the Lord.
5 God says,
‘Men might come in the night
to take away what is yours.
(Oh! What a very bad thing will happen to you!)
But they would not take everything.
If people came to take fruit from your trees,
they would leave some fruit on the tree.
6 But people will take everything from Esau's people (also called Edom).
They will even take the valuable things that you hide.
7 People who have helped you to fight
will push you out from your country.
They will tell you what is not true. You will believe them.
They will be stronger than you
because you will believe their words.
They will make a trap for you.’
8 The Lord says,
‘Some men in Edom know what is right. But, at that time, I will kill them.
1:8The people in Edom were descendants of Esau. The Israelites were born from Jacob. Jacob and Esau were brothers.
Some men in the mountains know what is good. (These are the mountains where Esau's people live.) But I will kill those men.
9 There are men from Teman city that fight. But I will make them afraid.
Esau's people live in the mountains. And everyone there will die.
10 This will happen because you were cruel to your brother Jacob (the people in Israel).
God will make you ashamed because of this and you will die.
11 Men from other countries came into Jerusalem. They took away all the good things from Jerusalem. They played a game for the best things. You were as bad as they were. You did not help the Israelites.
12 Your brothers in Judah were in great trouble.
You thought that you were better than they. But you were wrong to think that.
You should not have been happy when the people in Judah were dying.
You should not have been happy when they were in trouble.
13 You should not have walked like soldiers through my people's gates.
You did that at the time when they were in trouble.
You should not have thought that you were better than they.
You thought it at the time when they were in trouble.
You should not have taken what was theirs.
14 You waited at the place where the roads joined each other.
You wanted to kill those that ran away from the enemy.
That is why you waited there.
You should not have done that.
Some Israelites were still alive, but they were in trouble.
You should not have taken them to the enemy.
The day of the Lord
15 The day of the Lord will come soon for all the world's people.
1:15The day of the Lord is the time when God judges his people's enemies. It is when he makes his people strong again.
God will do to you what you did to other people.
God will be angry with you because you did those things to them.
16 You drank on my special hill.
1:16In verses 16-18, God is speaking to the people from Edom.
In the same way, people from all countries will drink and they will not stop.
They will drink until God has killed them.
1:16The people from Edom had drunk alcohol in a special place. And they danced there. It was where the Israelites prayed to God. It was in Jerusalem city. Another name for Jerusalem was ‘the mountain called Zion’. God is saying that he will punish them. It will be like when people drink poison. It will be like a drink that contains God's anger. But they will not be able to stop drinking. They will drink until God's anger has killed them all.
17 But on Mount Zion, people will be free.
It will be special to me.
Jacob's family will have the country that is theirs.
I will give it to them.
18 The people in Jacob's and Joseph's family will kill all the people that belong to Esau's family.’
This is what the Lord said.
19 People will come from the Negev. They will come to live in the mountains of Edom.
People will come from the low hills in the west, and they will take the Philistines' country for themselves.
They will live in the fields in Ephraim and Samaria.
1:19Ephraim was the name that people used for the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
Benjamin's people will take Gilead.
20 Some people lived in Israel,
but they now have to live with the Canaanites.
They will get the country as far as Zarephath.
Some people lived in Jerusalem, but now they have to be in Sepharad.
They will get the towns in the Negev.
21 Men will come to make Jerusalem free,
and they will rule over Edom.
And that country will belong to the Lord.
1:21God says that he will give to Judah's people the country that belonged to their enemies. God does not forget his people. He does not forget what their enemies did. And he will kill all their enemies. God says that he will save his people and he will make them strong again.