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Obadiah 1-3 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Edom’s Pride and Punishment

The Lord God gave Obadiah
a message[a] about Edom,
    and this is what we heard:
“I, the Lord, have sent
    a messenger
with orders for the nations
    to attack Edom.”

The Lord said to Edom:
I will make you the weakest
    and most despised nation.
You live in a mountain fortress,[b]
    because your pride
makes you feel safe from attack,
    but you are mistaken.


  1. 1 message: Or “vision.”
  2. 3 mountain fortress: The Hebrew text has “rocky cliff,” which sounds like “Sela,” the capital of Edom, a fortress city built on a mountain.

Obadiah 1-3 New International Version (NIV)

Obadiah’s Vision

The vision of Obadiah.

This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom

We have heard a message from the Lord:
    An envoy was sent to the nations to say,
“Rise, let us go against her for battle”

“See, I will make you small among the nations;
    you will be utterly despised.
The pride of your heart has deceived you,
    you who live in the clefts of the rocks[a]
    and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
    ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’


  1. Obadiah 1:3 Or of Sela
New International Version (NIV)

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