Context4Though you build high like the eagle,
Though you set your nest among the stars,
From there I will bring you down, declares the LORD.
5If thieves came to you,
6O how Esau will be ransacked,
7All the men allied with you
8Will I not on that day, declares the LORD,
9Then your mighty men will be dismayed, O Teman,
10Because of violence to your brother Jacob,
11On the day that you stood aloof,
12Do not gloat over your brothers day,
13Do not enter the gate of My people
14Do not stand at the fork of the road
The Day of the LORD and the Future
15For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations.
16Because just as you drank on My holy mountain,
17But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape,
18Then the house of Jacob will be a fire
19Then those of the Negev will possess the mountain of Esau,
20And the exiles of this host of the sons of Israel,
21The deliverers will ascend Mount Zion
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Though thou mount on high as the eagle, and though thy nest be set among the stars, I will bring thee down from thence, saith Jehovah.
Though thou be exalted as an eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars: thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.
Darby Bible Translation
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith Jehovah.
English Revised Version
Though thou mount on high as the eagle, and though thy nest be set among the stars, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
Webster's Bible Translation
Though thou shalt exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou shalt set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.
World English Bible
Though you mount on high as the eagle, and though your nest is set among the stars, I will bring you down from there," says Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation
If thou dost go up high as an eagle, And if between stars thou dost set thy nest, From thence I bring thee down, An affirmation of Jehovah.
The book of Obadiah--shortest of all the prophetic books--is occupied, in the main, as the superscription suggests, with the fate of Edom. Her people have been humbled, the high and rocky fastnesses in which they trusted have not been able to save them. Neighbouring Arab tribes have successfully attacked them and driven them from their home (vv, 1-7). This is the divine penalty for their cruel and unbrotherly treatment of the Jews after the siege of Jerusalem, vv. 10-14, 15b. Nay, a day …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
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