Hierarchical Précis

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Minor Prophets

Obadiah

Obadiah’s prophecy in this little one-chapter book is focused on Edom, descendants of Jacob’s twin brother, Esau, hostile to Israel since before the times of the Exodus. The date of his prophesying is uncertain, but he is thought to be most likely contemporary with Jeremiah, about the reign of Jehoiakim. Edom’s pride is attacked (1–4) and her destruction foretold (5–7). Her destruction will be because of her crimes against Israel, her rejoicing when Jerusalem was under attack from the Babylonians being particularly noted (8–14). As with other nations, judgement will come on the Day of the Lord, when Israel will be triumphant and occupy Edom’s territory, and the kingdom will be the Lord’s (15–21).