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Obadiah 1

 

 

Introduction
1The destruction of Edom,
3for their pride,
10and for their wrong unto Jacob.
17The salvation and victory of Jacob.

Verse 1
The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.
concerning
Psalms 137:7; Isaiah 21:11; 34:1-17; 63:1-6; Jeremiah 9:25,26; 25:17,21; Jeremiah 49:17-22; Lamentations 4:21,22; Ezekiel 25:12-14; 35:3-15; Joel 3:19; Amos 1:11,12; Malachi 1:3,4
We
Jeremiah 49:14,15; 51:46; Matthew 24:6; Mark 13:7
and an
Isaiah 18:2,3; 30:4
Arise
Jeremiah 6:4,5; 50:9-15; 51:27,28; Micah 2:13

Verse 2
Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.
Numbers 24:18; 1 Samuel 2:7,8; Job 34:25-29; Psalms 107:39,40; Isaiah 23:9; Ezekiel 29:15; Micah 7:10; Luke 1:51,52

Verse 3
The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
pride
Proverbs 16:18; 18:12; 29:23; Isaiah 10:14-16; 16:6; Jeremiah 48:29,30; 49:16; Malachi 1:4
thou
2 Kings 14:7; 2 Chronicles 25:12
saith
Isaiah 14:13-15; 47:7,8; Jeremiah 49:4; Revelation 18:7,8

Verse 4
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.
exalt
Job 20:6,7; 39:27,28; Jeremiah 49:16; Habakkuk 2:9
among
Isaiah 14:12-15; Jeremiah 51:53; Amos 9:2

Verse 5
If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?
if robbers
Jeremiah 49:9
how
2 Samuel 1:19; Isaiah 14:12; Jeremiah 50:23; Lamentations 1:1; Zephaniah 2:15; Revelation 18:10
if the
Deuteronomy 24:21; Isaiah 17:6; 24:13; Micah 7:1
some grapes
or, gleanings.

Verse 6
How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!
are the
Psalms 139:1; Isaiah 10:13,14; 45:3; Jeremiah 49:10; 50:37; Matthew 6:19,20
how are his
Daniel 2:22

Verse 7
All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.
the men of
The Chaldeans, whose agents they became in persecuting the Jews.
Psalms 55:12,13; Jeremiah 4:30; 30:14; Lamentations 1:19; Ezekiel 23:22-25; Revelation 17:12-17
men that were at peace with thee
Heb. men of thy peace.
Jeremiah 20:10; 38:22; *margins
they that eat thy bread
Heb. the men of thy bread.
Psalms 41:9; John 13:18
there is
Isaiah 19:11-14; 27:11; Jeremiah 49:7; Hosea 13:13
in him
or, of it.

Verse 8
Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?
even
Job 5:12-14; Psalms 33:10; Isaiah 19:3,13,14; 29:14; 1 Corinthians 3:19,20

Verse 9
And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.
thy
Psalms 76:5,6; Isaiah 19:16,17; Jeremiah 49:22; 50:36,37; Amos 2:16; Nahum 3:13
O
Genesis 36:11; Job 2:11; Jeremiah 49:7,20; Ezekiel 25:13; Amos 1:12
every
Isaiah 34:5-8; 63:1-3
mount
21; Deuteronomy 2:5

Verse 10
For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.
violence
Genesis 27:11,41; Numbers 20:14-21; Psalms 83:5-9; 137:7; Lamentations 4:21; Ezekiel 25:12; Ezekiel 35:5,6,12-15; Amos 1:11
shame
Psalms 69:7; 89:45; 109:29; 132:18; Jeremiah 3:25; 51:51; Ezekiel 7:18; Micah 7:10
and
Jeremiah 49:13,17-20; Ezekiel 25:13,14; 35:6,7,15; Malachi 1:3,4

Verse 11
In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.
in the day that the
2 Kings 24:10-16; 25:11; Jeremiah 52:28-30
captive his forces
or, his substance. cast.
Joel 3:3; Nahum 3:10
even
Psalms 50:18; 137:7

Verse 12
But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.
thou, etc
or, do not behold, etc. looked.
Psalms 22:17; 37:13; 54:7; 59:10; 92:11; Micah 4:11; 7:8-10; Matthew 27:40-43
rejoiced
Job 31:29; Proverbs 17:5; 24:17,18; Lamentations 4:21; Ezekiel 25:6,7; 35:15; Micah 7:8; Luke 19:41
thou have
1 Samuel 2:3; Psalms 31:18
spoken proudly
Heb. magnified thy mouth.
Isaiah 37:24; James 3:5; 2 Peter 2:18; Jude 1:16; Revelation 13:5

Verse 13
Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;
looked
2 Samuel 16:12; Psalms 22:17; Zechariah 1:15
substance
or, forces.

Verse 14
Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.
neither shouldest
Amos 1:6,9
delivered up
or, shut up.
Psalms 31:8
in the day
12; Genesis 35:3; Isaiah 37:3; Jeremiah 30:7

Verse 15
For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
the day
Psalms 110:5,6; Jeremiah 9:25,26; 25:15-29; 49:12; Lamentations 4:21,22; Ezekiel 30:3; Joel 3:11-14; Micah 5:15; Zechariah 14:14-18
as
Judges 1:7; Psalms 137:8; Ezekiel 35:15; Joel 3:7,8; Habakkuk 2:8; Matthew 7:2; James 2:13

Verse 16
For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.
as ye
Psalms 75:8,9; Isaiah 49:25,26; 51:22,23; Jeremiah 25:15,16,27-29; 49:12; Joel 3:17; 1 Peter 4:17
swallow down
or, sup up.
Isaiah 42:14; *marg:; Habakkuk 1:9
and they shall be
Isaiah 8:9,10; 29:7,8

Verse 17
But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
upon
Isaiah 46:13; Joel 2:32
shall be
Jeremiah 46:28; Amos 9:8
deliverance
or, they that escape.
Jeremiah 44:14,28; Ezekiel 7:16
there shall be holiness
or, it shall be holy.
Isaiah 1:27; 4:3,4; 60:21; Joel 3:17; Zechariah 8:3; 14:20,21; Revelation 21:27
possess
Isaiah 14:1,2; Joel 3:19-21; Amos 9:11-15

Verse 18
And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
shall be
Isaiah 10:17; 31:9; Micah 5:8; Zechariah 12:6
the house of Joseph
2 Samuel 19:20; Ezekiel 37:16,19; Amos 5:15; 6:6
for stubble
Psalms 83:6-15; Isaiah 5:24; 47:14; Joel 2:5; Nahum 1:10; 1 Corinthians 3:12
and there
9,10,16

Verse 19
And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
the south
Numbers 24:18,19; Joshua 15:21; Jeremiah 32:44; Amos 9:12; Malachi 1:4,5
the plain
Joshua 13:2,3; 15:33,45,46; Judges 1:18,19; Isaiah 11:13,14; Ezekiel 25:16; Amos 1:8; Zephaniah 2:4-7; Zechariah 9:5-7
the fields of Ephraim
2 Kings 17:24; Ezra 4:2,7-10,17; Psalms 69:35; Jeremiah 31:4-6; Ezekiel 36:6-12,28; Ezekiel 37:21-25; 47:13-21; 48:1-9
Benjamin
Joshua 13:25,31; 18:21-28; 1 Chronicles 5:26; Jeremiah 49:1; Amos 1:13; Micah 7:14

Verse 20
And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.
the captivity of this
Jeremiah 3:18; 33:26; Ezekiel 34:12,13; Hosea 1:10,11; Amos 9:14,15; Zechariah 10:6-10
Zarephath
1 Kings 17:9,10; Luke 4:26
Sarepta
which is in Sepharad, shall possess. or, shall possess that which is in Sepharad, they shall possess.
Jeremiah 13:19; 32:44; 33:13

Verse 21
And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.
saviours
Judges 2:16; 3:9; 2 Kings 13:5; Isaiah 19:20; Daniel 12:3; Joel 2:32; Micah 5:4-9; Zechariah 9:11-17; 10:5-12; 1 Timothy 4:16; James 5:20
to judge
Psalms 149:5-9; Daniel 7:27; Luke 22:30; 1 Corinthians 6:2,3; Revelation 19:11-13; 20:4
and the
Psalms 2:6-9; 22:28; 102:15; Isaiah 9:6,7; Daniel 2:35,44; 7:14,27; Zechariah 14:9; Matthew 6:10,13; Luke 1:32,33; Revelation 11:15; 19:6

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Obadiah 1:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/obadiah-1.html.


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Saturday, July 21st, 2018
the Week of Proper 10 / Ordinary 15
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