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Haftara VaYishlach

Obadiah 1.1-21

The vision of Obadiah. Thus says God the Lord concerning Edom: We heard tidings from God, and a messenger has been sent among the nations, “Rise up! Let us rise up against her in battle.”

Behold, I will make you small among the nations, you are greatly despised.

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” Though you make your nest as high as the eagle, and set it among the stars, I will bring you down from there, says God.

If thieves came to you, robbers by night (How you are cut off!), would they not steal only enough for themselves?? If grape gatherers came to you, would they leave some gleanings? How Esau has pillaged, his hidden treasurers searched out!

All your allies have pushed you to the border; those who were at peace with you have deceived you, and prevailed against you; those eating your bread have set a trap under you, without you sensing it. Will I not in that day, says God, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the Mount of Esau? And your mighty men will be confused, O Teman, so that every man from the Mount of Esau will be cut off by slaughter.

For you violence against your brother Jacob, shame will cover you, and you will be cut off forever.

On the day you stood aloof, as strangers carried off his wealth, and foreigners entered his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, you too were one of them.

But you should not have gazed on your brother’s day, the day of his misfortune; you should not have rejoiced over the children of Judah on the day of their destruction you should not have boasted on the day of distress. You should not have entered into the gate of My people on the day of their calamity; you should not have gazed on their affliction on the day of their calamity, nor looted their possessions on the day of their calamity. You should not have stood on the cross-way, to cut off the refugees; you should not have delivered up the survivors on the day of distress.

For God’s day is near upon all nations. As you have done, so will it be done to you; your deeds will return on your own head. For as you have drunk upon My holy mountain, so all the nations will drink continually; indeed they will drink, and swallow don, and will be as though they had not been.

But upon Mount Zion there will be those who escape, and it will be holy; and the house of Jacob will posses their own possessions.  The house of Joseph of flame the house of Esau stubble. They will set them ablaze,  and consume them; there will be no survivor of the house of Esau, for God has spoken.

And they of the South will possess the Mount of Esau, and they of the coastal plain the land of the Philistines; they will possess the field of Ephraim, and the field of Samaria; and Benjamin will possess Gilead.

And the exiled host of the children of Israel who are among the Canaanites, as far as Zerephath, and the exiles of Jerusalem, who are in Sepharad, will occupy the cities of the South. Saviors will ascend Mount Zion to judge the Mount of Esau; and the kingdom will be God’s.