Context5If thieves came to you,
If robbers by night
O how you will be ruined!
Would they not steal only until they had enough?
If grape gatherers came to you,
Would they not leave some gleanings?
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
If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night (how art thou cut off!), would they not steal only till they had enough? if grape-gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes?
If thieves had gone in to thee, if robbers by night, how wouldst thou have held thy peace? would they not have stolen till they had enough ? if the grapegatherers had come in to thee, would they not have left thee at the least a cluster?
Darby Bible Translation
If thieves had come to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had had enough? If grape-gatherers had come to thee, would they not have left some gleanings?
English Revised Version
If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not steal till they had enough? if grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes?
Webster's Bible Translation
If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grape-gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?
World English Bible
"If thieves came to you, if robbers by night--oh, what disaster awaits you--wouldn't they only steal until they had enough? If grape pickers came to you, wouldn't they leave some gleaning grapes?
Young's Literal Translation
If thieves have come in to thee, If spoilers of the night, How hast thou been cut off! Do they not steal their sufficiency? If gatherers have come in to thee, Do they not leave gleanings?
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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