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.
Rowland Tolofari's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment about verse 17 on 9/06/2014, 4:10am...
A great tool for deliverance from all forces of darkness that obstructs challenge the manifestation of God 's promises to His children.
Heather's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 7/15/2014, 11:51am...
I have a question!!! In the book of Obadiah Chapter 1 18, and the house of Jacob shall be a fire, in the house of Joseph a flame and the house of Esau for stubble??? Can someone elaborate on what this verse for me please!!!!!
Henry's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment about verse 17 on 7/04/2014, 12:26am...
Mount Zion is the Church of Christ, the Body of Christ and in Christ the children of God will receive deliverance from oppressive forces of the agents of darkness and through deliverance the children of God will get to their land of milk and honey.
Peter Griffin's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 6/10/2014, 2:01am...
From what I gathered this chapter talks about people in high places with the power to do good but choose to deceive the common man and take what the common man has for their greater gain. The phrase eagle expresses a keen sight of power and high shows the strenght verses the ground. To eat bread with someone show a sign of trust or admiration like someone of high authority or respected man. Deceive displays how the man of high can play on the foolishness of the common man. As it is put the LORD will empower forces strenghtening the common man to go to battle with the elite or more powerful man, because the high and more powerful pray of the weak and foolish. Genesis spoke God gave this land to man for only one price that he will die on it after life and for no other price or amount of money, if it is our father 's inheritance we should live freely hence the phase foreigners. At the end of our time as man this land will still belong to GOD and all our evil doing for material gain will be nothing but wasted times of a spiteful game of deceiving your weak because loving brothers.
Augustus's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 5/30/2014, 3:59pm...
The world of God is always active. If we apply to our lives,we will gain wisdom.
Obadiah's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 5/30/2014, 11:57am...
Though small and despised, Israel shall remain high amongst all nations, so the book of Obadiah might seem small bt it holds alot in form of prophesy,,,,
Mark's Obadiah Chapter 1 comment on 5/08/2014, 2:24pm...
I 'm a little amazed that none of you Bible geniuses have said anything about AMERICA. And it 's judgement. "2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen thou art greatly despised. 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? 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. "
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