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1The Lord God gave Obadiah a message about Edom, and this is what we heard: “I, the Lord, have sent a messenger with orders for the nations to attack Edom.”

2The Lord said to Edom: I will make you the weakest and most despised nation.

3You live in a mountain fortress, because your pride makes you feel safe from attack, but you are mistaken.

4I will still bring you down, even if you fly higher than an eagle or nest among the stars. I, the Lord, have spoken!

5If thieves break in at night, they steal only what they want. And people who harvest grapes always leave some unpicked. But, Edom, you are doomed!

6Everything you treasure most will be taken from you.

7Your allies can't be trusted. They will force you out of your own country. Your best friends will trick and trap you, even before you know it.

8Edom, when this happens, I, the Lord, will destroy all your marvellous wisdom.

9Warriors from the city of Teman will be terrified, and you descendants of Esau will be wiped out.

The Lord condemns Edom's cruelty

10 You were cruel to your relatives, the descendants of Jacob. Now you will be destroyed, disgraced for ever.

11You stood there and watched as foreigners entered Jerusalem and took what they wanted. In fact, you were no better than those foreigners.

12Why did you celebrate when such a dreadful disaster struck your relatives? Why were you so pleased when everyone in Judah was suffering?

13They are my people, and you were cruel to them. You went through their towns, sneering and stealing whatever was left.

14In their time of torment, you ambushed refugees and handed them over to their attackers.

The Lord will judge the nations

15 The day is coming when I, the Lord, will judge the nations. And, Edom, you will pay in full for what you have done.

16I forced the people of Judah to drink the wine of my anger on my sacred mountain. Soon the neighbouring nations must drink their fill— then vanish without a trace.

Victory for Israel

17 The Lord's people who escape will go to Mount Zion, and it will be holy. Then Jacob's descendants will capture the land of those who took their land.

18Israel will be a fire, and Edom will be straw going up in flames. The Lord has spoken!

19The people of Israel who live in the Southern Desert will take the land of Edom. Those who live in the hills will capture Philistia, Ephraim, and Samaria. And the tribe of Benjamin will conquer Gilead.

20Those who return from captivity will control Phoenicia as far as Zarephath. Captives from Jerusalem who were taken to Sepharad will capture the towns of the Southern Desert.

21Those the Lord has saved will live on Mount Zion and rule over Edom. Then the kingdom will belong to the Lord.

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