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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 1

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Text Commentary

Title and Theme

1The vision of Obadiah. [Thus says the LORD God:] Of Edom we have heard a message from the LORD, and a herald has been sent among the nations: “Up! let us go to war against him!” a Jer 49, 14 .

Edom Shall Perish

2See, I make you small among the nations; b 2ff: Jer 49, 15f . you are held in dire contempt. 3The pride of your heart has deceived you: you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose abode is in the heights, Who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to earth?” 4Though you go as high as the eagle, and your nest be set among the stars, From there will I bring you down, says the LORD. 5If thieves came to you, if robbers by night, c Jer 49, 9 . how could you be thus destroyed: would they not steal merely till they had enough? If vintagers came to you, would they not leave some gleanings?* 6How they search Esau, seek out his hiding places! 7To the border they drive you— all your allies; They deceive you, they overpower you— those at peace with you; Those who eat your bread lay snares beneath you: There is no understanding in him! 8Shall I not, says the LORD, on that day make the wise men* disappear from Edom, and understanding from the mount of Esau? d Is 29, 14; 1 Cor 1, 19 . 9Your warriors, O Teman,* shall be crushed, till all on Mount Esau are destroyed.

The Cause

10Because of violence to your brother Jacob,* disgrace shall cover you and you shall be destroyed forever. e Gn 27, 41f . 11On the day when you stood by, on the day when aliens carried off his possessions, And strangers entered his gates and cast lots over Jerusalem, you too were one of them.* 12Gaze not upon the day of your brother, the day of his disaster; Exult not over the children of Judah on the day of their ruin: Speak not haughtily on the day of distress! 13Enter not the gate of my people on the day of their calamity; Gaze not, you at least, upon his misfortune on the day of his calamity; Lay not hands upon his possessions on the day of his calamity! 14Stand not at the crossroads to slay his refugees; Betray not his fugitives on the day of distress!

Judgment upon the Nations

15For near is the day of the Lord f 15f: Ps 137, 7ff . for all the nations! As you have done, so shall it be done to you, your deed shall come back upon your own head; 16As you have drunk* upon my holy mountain, so shall all the nations drink continually. Yes, they shall drink and swallow, and shall become as though they had not been.

Judah Shall Be Restored

17But on Mount Zion there shall be portion saved;* the mountain shall be holy, And the house of Jacob shall take possession of those that dispossessed them. 18The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; The house of Esau shall be stubble, and they shall set them ablaze and devour them; Then none shall survive of the house of Esau, for the LORD has spoken. 19They shall occupy the Negeb, the mount of Esau, and the foothills of the Philistines; And they shall occupy the lands of Ephraim and the lands of Samaria, and Benjamin shall occupy Gilead. 20The captives of this host of the children of Israel shall occupy the Canaanite land as far as Zarephath,* And the captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall occupy the cities of the Negeb. 21And saviors* shall ascend Mount Zion to rule the mount of Esau, and the kingship shall be the LORD'S.


a: Jer 49, 14 .

b: 2ff: Jer 49, 15f .

c: Jer 49, 9 .

d Is 29, 14; 1 Cor 1, 19 .

e: Gn 27, 41f .

f: 15f: Ps 137, 7ff .

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