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Commentary on Obadiah

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1–7 :

The fall of Edom. Obadiah announces the sentence for Edom's crimes.

1 :

This messenger is a member of the heavenly council sent to announce God's plans.

3 :

The clefts of the rock refer to the mountain range, rising sharply to the east of the Jordan rift valley, on which Edom was located.

6 :

Esau, the ancestor of the Edomites (Gen 25.30 ), is used by Obadiah as a synonym for Edom.

7 :

Those who ate your bread are the allies mentioned earlier in the verse. Alliances were sealed by covenant * meals (Gen 31.44–46 ).

8–14 :

Edom's betrayal of Judah. Obadiah lists the details of Edom's exploitation of Judah following Babylon's destruction of Jerusalem (587 BCE).

9 :

Teman is either a synonym for Edom or the name of a section or city in Edom. Mount Esau may be a particular Edomite mountain or the mountain range on which Edom was located.

10 :

Jacob, the brother of Edom's ancestor Esau (Gen 25.24–26 ), is used by Obadiah to represent the citizens of Jerusalem and Judah.

11 :

Jerusalem is the capital of Judah.

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