punish Edom's people
This is the message from the Lord to the
We have heard what God said.
And someone has taken a message to the countries.
‘Stand up and fight against
‘I will make you small among other people.
They will think that you are not worth anything.
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.”
And you may make your home in the highest places among the stars.
But I will bring you down from there,’ says the Lord.
‘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.
They will even take the valuable things that you hide.
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
‘Some men in
Some men in the mountains know what is good. (These are the mountains where Esau's people live.) But I will kill those men.
Esau's people live in the mountains. And everyone there will die.
God will make you ashamed because of this and you will die.
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.
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.
You wanted to kill those that ran away from the enemy.
That is why you waited there.
You should not have done that.
You should not have taken them to the enemy.