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To Our Forefathers Yisrael
1 The vision of Ovadyah. This says YHUH Ahlohim concerning Edom; We have heard a report from YHUH and an ambassador is sent among the goyim, Arise and let us rise up against him in battle.
2 Behold, I have made you small among the goyim: you are greatly despised.
3 The pride of your lev has deceived you, you that dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose dwelling is high; that says in his lev, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
4 Though you exalt yourself as the eagle and though you set your nest among the cochavim, even from there will I bring you down, says YHUH.
5 If thieves came to you, if robbers by lyla, how cut off you’d be! Would they not have stolen until they had enough? If the grape gatherers came to you, would they not leave some grapes?
6 How are the things of Esav searched out! How are his hidden things sought for!
7 All the men of your confederacy have brought you even to the border: the men that were at shalom with you have deceived you and prevailed against you; they that eat your lechem have laid an ambush under you: there is no binah in him.
8 Shall I not in that yom, says YHUH, even destroy the wise men out of Edom and binah out of the har of Esav?
9 And your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that everyone of the har of Esav may be cut off by slaughter.
10 Because of your chamas against your brother Yaakov, shame shall cover you and you shall be cut off le-olam-va-ed.
11 In the yom that you stood on the other side, in the yom that the gerim carried away captive his forces and foreigners entered into his gates and cast lots upon Yahrushalayim, even you were as one of them.
12 But you should not have looked for the yom of your brother’s disaster, in the yom that he became a ger; neither should you have rejoiced over the children of Yahudah in the yom of their destruction; neither should you have spoken proudly in the yom of distress.
13 You should not have entered into the gate of My people in the yom of their calamity; yes, you should not have looked idly by upon their affliction in the yom of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their wealth in the yom of their calamity;
14 Neither should you have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither should you have delivered up those of his that did remain in the yom of distress.
15 For the Yom YHUH is near upon all the goyim: as you have done, it shall be done to you: your reward shall return upon your own head.
16 For as you have drunk upon My kadosh har, so shall all the goyim drink continually, yes, they shall drink and they shall swallow down and they shall be as though they had not been.
17 But upon Har Tzion shall be deliverance and there shall be set apartness; and Beit Yaakov shall possess their possessions, and those who possess them.
18 And Beit Yaakov shall be a fire and Beit Yoseph the flame and Beit Esav for stubble and they shall kindle them and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of Beit Esav; for YHUH has spoken it.
19 And they of the south shall possess the Har of Esav; and they of the plain the Plishtim: and they shall possess the fields of Efrayim and the fields of Shomron: and Benyamin shall possess Gilad.
20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Yisrael shall possess that of the Kanaanites, even to Tzarfat; and the captivity of Yahrushalayim, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.
21 And saviors shall come up on Har Tzion to judge the har of Esav; and the malchut shall be YHUH ’s. Ahmein X
1:1 A proselyte from Edom to Israel, as recorded in First Kings 18, who withstood Ahab and Jezebel. More evidence that Israel has always been made up of anyone who desired to be Israel including willing Edomites.
1:3 Edomites have historically tried to hide from YAH’s justice in the caves of the rocks. Not much has changed.
1:10 Violence in Hebrew is chamas, as in the Edomite terrorist murderers.
1:10 Fully in the kingdom as YAH judges radical Islam.
1:12 Esau’s hateful attitude towards Jewish-Israel.
1:15 Though YAH speaks about Esau, the 2-house principle is the same. Judah and Efrayim should not take joy in their brother’s calamity, or blindness, but seek to assist and be involved in bringing healing between the two houses. The two houses have often treated each other as Esau has towards Judah.
1:17 In the age to come, Esau and the pagans will be under the feet of King Messiah and His people Israel. The deliverance of both houses during the Great Tribulation will result in an escape to Mt. Zion, not to a rapture.
1:17 DSS, LXX.
1:18 Both houses together.
1:18 A beautiful prophesy of the end-time return to Zion of the House of Joseph, or Efrayim-Israel, that will be the light, or flame that tips the scales in the Arab, or Edomite-Jewish wars. When Joseph finds his place in redeemed Israel in combination with brother Judah, Israel will burn the entire remnant of Edom as fire burns stubble.
1:19 When the two houses defeat Edom, then all things even within the land will be restored, with Benjamin returning to the east bank of Gilead and not Judah. It is the time of the restoration of all things.
1:20 The reunited two houses of Joseph and Judah will posses all the land given to Jacob and the exiles will be returning from places such as Zarapheth and Sepharad, or France and Spain. Perhaps the most breath-taking pronouncement regarding Obadiah 1:20, is found in the writings of Don Isaac Abarbanel. He said "Zarapheth is France and so too the exiles of Sepherad (verse 20b) is Spain. Do not err just because Zarapheth (France) is spoken of and Angleterre (England) is not recalled (in this verse). For there too (i.e., to England), did the exiles go, for lo and behold that island is considered a part of Zarapheth (France) and in the beginning belonged to it and in their ancient books they call it the isles of Zarapheth (the isles of France), even though it later separated itself from Zarapheth (France) and became a kingdom (England) in its own right. Those children of Israel, who completely left (Hebraic) religion due to the weight of troubles and persecutions, remain in Spain in their thousands and tens of thousands, in huge communities [before 1492]. They shall return and request the Lord [their Elohim ].”
1:20 See note on verse 18.
1:21 Saved Yisraelites mostly from the western nations.
1:21 In context, those saviors are redeemed Yisraelites, with the correct kingdom restoration message coming out of the nations of their exile to bring salvation to all Israel with their faithful two-house restoration message. In that day, Edom and Islam will be fully destroyed and subjected, as the end of the exile means the beginning of the kingdom of our father Dawid.
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