The Book of OBADIAH
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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. 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.

But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 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.

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.

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. And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S. (Obadiah 1:15-21)


Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament. The name Obadiah means servant or worshiper of the Lord," and belonged to thirteen men in the Old Testament.

The evidence of the text best supports an early date for the prophecy. Since Edom is mentioned as having more than one ally (cf. Obad. 1:7, 11), the most likely time for this prophecy is during the reign of Jehoram (ca. 852 -841 B.C.) when Jerusalem was plundered by the Philistines and Arabians (2 Chr. 21:16 -19). The book definitely appears to have been written before Jeremiah (see Jer. 49:7 -22).

This whole prophecy is poetry. The reader must be careful in his interpretation of this book to consider the Hebrew parallelism. 'l'his particular style of poetry reveals Obadiah's intense emotional involvement.

The Edornjtes were a thorn in Israel's side, though they enjoyed special protection under the Law (see note on Gen. 27:39, 40). Herod the Great, who lived in New Testament times, was an Idumaean (a descendant of the Edomites). After Jerusalem's fall in AD. 70, the Edomites vanish from history. Some suggest, however, that there will be a future resurgence of the Edomites.
[Source for Introduction of chapter: Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422] 

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