1 The vision 1 that Obadiah 2 saw. 3
The Lord God 4 says this concerning 5 Edom: 6
We have heard a report from the Lord.
An envoy was sent among the nations, saying, 7
“Arise! Let us make war against Edom!” 8
2 The Lord says, 9 “Look! I will 10 make you a weak nation; 11
you will be greatly despised!
3 Your presumptuous heart 12 has deceived you –
you who reside in the safety of the rocky cliffs, 13
whose home is high in the mountains. 14
You think to yourself, 15
‘No one can 16 bring me down to the ground!’ 17
4 Even if you were to soar high like an eagle, 18
even if you 19 were to make your nest among the stars,
I can bring you down even from there!” says the Lord.
5 “If thieves came to rob you 20 during the night, 21
they would steal only as much as they wanted! 22
If grape pickers came to harvest your vineyards, 23
they would leave some behind for the poor! 24
But you will be totally destroyed! 25
6 How the people of Esau 26 will be thoroughly plundered! 27
Their 28 hidden valuables will be ransacked! 29
7 All your allies 30 will force 31 you from your homeland! 32
Your treaty partners 33 will deceive you and overpower you.
Your trusted friends 34 will set an ambush 35 for 36 you
that will take you by surprise! 37
8 At that time,” 38 the Lord says,
“I will destroy the wise sages of Edom! 39
the advisers 40 from Esau’s mountain! 41
9 Your warriors will be shattered, O Teman, 42
so that 43 everyone 44 will be destroyed 45 from Esau’s mountain!
10 “Because 46 you violently slaughtered 47 your relatives, 48 the people of Jacob, 49
shame will cover you, and you will be destroyed 50 forever.
11 You stood aloof 51 while strangers took his army 52 captive,
and foreigners advanced to his gates. 53
When they cast lots 54 over Jerusalem, 55
you behaved as though you were in league 56 with them.
12 You should not 57 have gloated 58 when your relatives 59 suffered calamity. 60
You should not have rejoiced over the people of Judah when they were destroyed. 61
You should not have boasted 62 when they suffered adversity. 63
13 You should not have entered the city 64 of my people when they experienced distress. 65
You should not have joined 66 in gloating over their misfortune when they suffered distress. 67
You should not have looted 68 their wealth when they endured distress. 69
14 You should not have stood at the fork in the road 70 to slaughter 71 those trying to escape. 72
You should not have captured their refugees when they suffered adversity. 73
15 “For the day of the Lord 74 is approaching 75 for all the nations! 76
Just as you have done, so it will be done to you.
You will get exactly what your deeds deserve. 77
16 For just as you 78 have drunk 79 on my holy mountain,
so all the nations will drink continually. 80
They will drink, and they will gulp down;
they will be as though they had never been.
17 But on Mount Zion there will be a remnant of those who escape, 81
and it will be a holy place once again.
The descendants 82 of Jacob will conquer 83
those who had conquered them. 84
18 The descendants of Jacob will be a fire,
and the descendants of Joseph a flame.
The descendants of Esau will be like stubble.
They will burn them up and devour them.
There will not be a single survivor 85 of the descendants of Esau!”
Indeed, the Lord has spoken it.
19 The people of the Negev 86 will take possession 87 of Esau’s mountain,
and the people of the Shephelah 88 will take
possession 89 of the land of 90 the Philistines.
They will also take possession of the territory of Ephraim and the territory of Samaria,
and the people of Benjamin will take possession 91 of Gilead. 92
20 The exiles of this fortress 93 of the people of Israel
will take possession 94 of what belongs to
the people of Canaan, as far as Zarephath, 95
and the exiles of Jerusalem 96 who are in Sepharad 97
will take possession of the towns of the Negev.
21 Those who have been delivered 98 will go up on Mount Zion
in order to rule over 99 Esau’s mountain.
Then the Lord will reign as King! 100
1 The Lord said 1 to Jonah son of Amittai, 2 2 “Go immediately 3 to Nineveh, 4 that 5 large capital 6 city, 7 and announce judgment against 8 its people 9 because their wickedness 10 has come to my attention.” 11 3 Instead, Jonah immediately 12 headed off to Tarshish 13 to escape 14 from the commission of the Lord. 15 He traveled 16 to Joppa 17 and found a merchant ship heading 18 to Tarshish. 19 So he paid the fare 20 and went aboard 21 it to go with them 22 to Tarshish 23 far away from the Lord. 24 4 But 25 the Lord hurled 26 a powerful 27 wind on the sea. Such a violent 28 tempest arose on the sea that 29 the ship threatened to break up! 30 5 The sailors were so afraid that each cried out 31 to his own god 32 and they flung 33 the ship’s cargo 34 overboard 35 to make the ship lighter. 36 Jonah, meanwhile, 37 had gone down 38 into the hold 39 below deck, 40 had lain down, and was sound asleep. 41 6 The ship’s captain approached him and said, “What are you doing asleep? 42 Get up! Cry out 43 to your god! Perhaps your god 44 might take notice of us 45 so that we might not die!” 7 The sailors said to one another, 46 “Come on, let’s cast lots 47 to find out 48 whose fault it is that this disaster has overtaken us. 49 ” So they cast lots, and Jonah was singled out. 50 8 They said to him, “Tell us, whose fault is it that this disaster has overtaken us? 51 What’s your occupation? Where do you come from? What’s your country? And who are your people?” 52 9 He said to them, “I am a Hebrew! And I worship 53 the Lord, 54 the God of heaven, 55 who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Hearing this, 56 the men became even more afraid 57 and said to him, “What have you done?” (The men said this because they knew that he was trying to escape 58 from the Lord, 59 because he had previously told them. 60 ) 11 Because the storm was growing worse and worse, 61 they said to him, “What should we do to you to make 62 the sea calm down 63 for us?” 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea to make the sea quiet down, 64 because I know it’s my fault you are in this severe storm.” 13 Instead, they tried to row 65 back to land, 66 but they were not able to do so 67 because the storm kept growing worse and worse. 68 14 So they cried out to the Lord, “Oh, please, Lord, don’t let us die on account of this man! Don’t hold us guilty of shedding innocent blood. 69 After all, you, Lord, have done just as you pleased.” 70 15 So they picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped raging. 16 The men feared the Lord 71 greatly, 72 and earnestly vowed 73 to offer lavish sacrifices 74 to the Lord. 75
17 The Lord sent 77 a huge 78 fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
2 Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish 2 and said,
“I 1 called out to the Lord from my distress,
and he answered me; 2
from the belly of Sheol 3 I cried out for help,
and you heard my prayer. 4
3 You threw me 5 into the deep waters, 6
into the middle 7 of the sea; 8
the ocean current 9 engulfed 10 me;
all the mighty waves 11 you sent 12 swept 13 over me. 14
4 I thought 15 I had been banished from your sight, 16
that I would never again 17 see your holy temple! 18
5 Water engulfed me up to my neck; 19
the deep ocean 20 surrounded me;
seaweed 21 was wrapped around my head.
6 I went down 22 to the very bottoms 23 of the mountains; 24
the gates 25 of the netherworld 26 barred me in 27 forever; 28
but you brought me 29 up from the Pit, 30 O Lord, my God.
7 When my life 31 was ebbing away, 32 I called out to 33 the Lord,
and my prayer came to your holy temple. 34
8 Those who worship 35 worthless idols 36 forfeit the mercy that could be theirs. 37
9 But as for me, I promise to offer a sacrifice to you with a public declaration 38 of praise; 39
I will surely do 40 what I have promised. 41
Salvation 42 belongs to the Lord!” 43
10 Then the Lord commanded 44 the fish and it disgorged Jonah on dry land.