Obadiah 1:15-21

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.

End note

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.