Obadiah Chapter 1
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Obadiah Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
The first part denounces the destruction of Edom, dwelling upon the injuries they inflicted upon the Jews. The second foretells the restoration of the Jews, and the latter glories of the church.Destruction to come upon Edom. Their offences against Jacob. (1-16) The restoration of the Jews, and their flourishing state in the latter times. (17-21)1-16 This prophecy is against Edom. Its destruction seems to have been typical, as their father Esau's rejection; and to refer to the destruction of the enemies of the gospel church. See the prediction of the success of that war; Edom shall be spoiled, and brought down. All the enemies of God's church shall be disappointed in the things they stay themselves on. God can easily lay those low who magnify and exalt themselves; and will do it. Carnal security ripens men for ruin, and makes the ruin worse when it comes. Treasures on earth cannot be so safely laid up but that thieves may break through and steal; it is therefore our wisdom to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven. Those that make flesh their trust, arm it against themselves. The God of our covenant will never deceive us: but if we trust men with whom we join ourselves, it may prove to us a wound and dishonour. God will justly deny those understanding to keep out of danger, who will not use their understandings to keep out of sin. All violence, all unrighteousness, is sin; but it makes the violence far worse, if it be done against any of God's people. Their barbarous conduct towards Judah and Jerusalem, is charged upon them. In reflecting on ourselves, it is good to consider what we should have done; to compare our practice with the Scripture rule. Sin, thus looked upon in the glass of the commandment, will appear exceedingly sinful. Those have a great deal to answer for, who are idle spectators of the troubles of their neighbours, when able to be active helpers. Those make themselves poor, who think to make themselves rich by the ruin of the people of God; and those deceive themselves, who call all that their own on which they can lay their hands in a day of calamity. Though judgment begins at the house of God, it shall not end there. Let sorrowful believers and insolent oppressors know, that the troubles of the righteous will soon end, but those of the wicked will be eternal.
17-21 There should be deliverance and holiness at Jerusalem, and the house of Jacob would again occupy their possessions. Much of this prophecy was fulfilled when the Jews returned to their own land. But the salvation and holiness of the gospel, its spread, and the conversion of the Gentiles, seem also to be intended, especially the restoration of Israel, the destruction of antichrist, and the prosperous state of the church, to which all the prophets bear witness. When Christ is come, and not till then, shall the kingdom be the Lord's in the full sense of the term. As none that exalt themselves against the Lord shall prosper, and all shall be brought down; so none that wait upon the Lord, and put their trust in him, shall ever be dismayed. Blessed be the Divine Saviour and Judge on Mount Zion! His word shall be a savour of life unto life unto numbers, while it judges and condemns obstinate unbelievers.
Godfrey Zekpa's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 12/04/2012, 3:51am...
Are our hurts like Edom? Are we right in criticizing our religious orders? Is not judgment for God? The archangel Micheal could had complained a lot about Satan but he otherwise said "God rebukes you” Jude 1. We must be careful to murmur or rise up against God's chosen. Amen.
Andrew's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 4/04/2012, 2:33pm...
Obadiah is a servant given the insight of things to come. He was telling what was written in his heart of that which God gave him. A Warning and judgement to be carried out. Touch not My anointed, said the Lord. Jacob is one of the fathers whom was deceived and treated like a stranger among his own. The mount of Esau and the people shall be slaughtered. Still God had mercy to the innocent.
Julianna Winsor's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 2/01/2012, 9:17am...
Saviours shall arise upon the mount of Esau, and the kingdom shall be the Lord's. We pray, "God, may Your kingdom come," and therewith rise to heroic deeds.
We should pray, "Lord God our Father, may Thy kingdom soon come"--[and take authority, extend its rule through being lovingly accepted in individual hearts]. And we should be heroic, especially in the cause of those whose hearts are loyally His.
Leslie Miller's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 1/23/2012, 12:47am...
Edom is not Russia, it is the United States. Obadiah 1:4 Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down," declares the LORD. The Astronauts quote, "The Eagle has landed"' refers to this chapter. 9/11 is the bringing down to ground zero. Just like Israel is a remnant from the nations, the United states is a remnant from the nations. (BARRING YOUR NOT A HOLOCAUST DENIER). The native Americans were given 30 dollars ransom for George as sent to the trail of tears. when all is fulfilled the Indian Nation and Israel will finally be accepted as nations in the UN...And Palestine will understand what David meant after they saved his life, when he told them, "Surely you have a place in Israel." The key word is IN...not a separate state from Israel.
Zbee1's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 1/04/2012, 7:31pm...
Edom is Iran, not Russia.
Itsme Thistime's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 12/03/2011, 4:56pm...
Esau or Edom refers to Russia (the name Russia comes from the term "chief prince", Esau being the first-born of Isaac) Edom meaning "red" or "of blood" and Jacob "heel grabber" refers to the 12 tribes of Isreal. The 10 northern tribes were taken captive by the assyrian over the caucasus mountains and later settled Europe and the Americas (this is why were are called caucasians) The final battle between these "brothers" will occur at the battle of hamongog (meaning "burial ground of Gog, Gog being another name for Russia) wherein God does the fighting by sending 180lb hail stones to destroy the army of Gog, or Russia, as they attempt to attack Israel, or America.
Jeremiah's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 11/06/2011, 6:13am...
Jacob represents the Spririt, and Esau the flesh. The promise was only to Jacob, but Esau had no right to obtain or partake of the inheiritance or the things of God because he was cut off.This chapter is a good example of the conflict of the flesh and Spirit, and helps us to know that the flesh will be abased.
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