Book of Obadiah/- Obadiah
The Book of Ovadia is the shortest book in the Bible: only twenty-one verses. The book includes a prophecy about the kingdom of Edom enslaving Israel, criticizing the arrogance of the people and predicting its defeat. Since the origin of the kingdom of Edom is attributed to Esau. Ovadia means "servant of G-d"
Obadiah feared HaShem very much. He came from a place of impurity but had the ability to transform it, starting by saving the lives of the Prophets. Fearing HaShem very much means that he was willing to live for HaShem. His ultimate objective is to bring the entire world to Oneness, oneness with HaShem.
May we infuse the world with Holiness by reciting this book of Ovadia. That would see the secrets of Creation.
Book of Obadiah/- Obadiah
1The vision of Obadiah; So said the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard tidings from the Lord, and a messenger has been sent among the nations, "Arise and let us rise up against them in war!"
2Behold I have made you small among the nations; you are very despised.
3The wickedness of your heart enticed you, who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high, who says to himself, "Who will bring me down to the earth?"
4If you go up high like an eagle, and if you place your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down, says the Lord.
5Did thieves come upon you, did plunderers of the night? How were you silent? Will they not steal till they have enough? If vintagers came upon you, would they not leave over some gleaning grapes?
6How Esau was searched out, how his hidden things were revealed!
7Until the border all your allies escorted you; your friends enticed you, yea prevailed against you; your food they lay as a wound under you; there is no discernment in them.
8Shall I not in that day-says the Lord-destroy wise men from Edom and discernment from the mountain of Esau?
9And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O dwellers of the southland, in order that every man be cut off from the mountain of Esau by slaughter.
10Because of the violence of your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever.
11On that day you stood from afar, on the day strangers captured his possessions, and foreigners came into his cities, and on Jerusalem they cast lots; you, too, are like one of them.
12And you should not have looked on the day of your brother on the day of his being delivered, and you should not have rejoiced about the children of Judah on the day of their destruction, and you should not have spoken proudly on the day of distress.
13You should not have come into the gate of My people on the day of their misfortune; you too should not have looked at their affliction on the day of their misfortune, and you should not have stretched out [your hand] upon their possessions on the day of their misfortune.
14And you should not have stood by the gap to cut off their fugitives, neither should you have delivered their survivors on the day of distress.
15For the day of the Lord over all the nations is close; as you have done shall be done to you; your recompense shall be returned upon your head.
16For, as you drank on My Holy Mount, shall all the nations drink constantly, and they shall drink and be stunned, and they shall be as though they were not.
17And on Mount Zion there shall be a remnant, and it shall be holy, and the house of Jacob shall inherit those who inherited them.
18And the house of Jacob shall be fire and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau shall become stubble, and they shall ignite them and consume them, and the house of Esau shall have no survivors, for the Lord has spoken.
19And [the inhabitants of] the southland shall inherit the mountain of Esau, and [the inhabitants of] the plain, the Philistines, and they shall inherit the field of Ephraim and the field of Samaria, and Benjamin [with the inhabitants of] Gilead.
20And this exiled host of the children of Israel who are [with] the Canaanites as far as Zarephath and the exile of Jerusalem which is in Sepharad shall inherit the cities of the southland.
21And saviors shall ascend Mt. Zion to judge the mountain of Esau, and the Lord shall have the kingdom.