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1:1 The vision of Obadiah.Edom Will Be HumbledThus says the Lord God concerning Edom:We have heard a report from the Lord,and a messenger has been sent among the nations:“Rise up! Let us rise against her for battle!”
2 Behold, I will make you small among the nations;you shall be utterly despised.
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,you who live in the clefts of the rock,in your lofty dwelling,who say in your heart,“Who will bring me down to the ground?”
4 Though you soar aloft like the eagle,though your nest is set among the stars,from there I will bring you down,declares the Lord.
5 If thieves came to you,if plunderers came by night—how you have been destroyed!—would they not steal only enough for themselves?If grape gatherers came to you,would they not leave gleanings?
6 How Esau has been pillaged,his treasures sought out!
7 All your allies have driven you to your border;those at peace with you have deceived you;they have prevailed against you;those who eat your bread have set a trap beneath you—you have no understanding.
8 Will I not on that day, declares the Lord,destroy the wise men out of Edom,and understanding out of Mount Esau?
9 And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O Teman,so that every man from Mount Esau will be cut off by slaughter.
Edom’s Violence Against Jacob10 Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob,shame shall cover you,and you shall be cut off forever.
11 On the day that you stood aloof,on the day that strangers carried off his wealthand foreigners entered his gatesand cast lots for Jerusalem,you were like one of them.
12 But do not gloat over the day of your brotherin the day of his misfortune;do not rejoice over the people of Judahin the day of their ruin;do not boastin the day of distress.
13 Do not enter the gate of my peoplein the day of their calamity;do not gloat over his disasterin the day of his calamity;do not loot his wealthin the day of his calamity.
14 Do not stand at the crossroadsto cut off his fugitives;do not hand over his survivorsin the day of distress.
The Day of the Lord Is Near15 For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations.As you have done, it shall be done to you;your deeds shall return on your own head.
16 For as you have drunk on my holy mountain,so all the nations shall drink continually;they shall drink and swallow,and shall be as though they had never been.
17 But in Mount Zion there shall be those who escape,and it shall be holy,and the house of Jacob shall possess their own possessions.
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire,and the house of Joseph a flame,and the house of Esau stubble;they shall burn them and consume them,and there shall be no survivor for the house of Esau,for the Lord has spoken.
The Kingdom of the Lord19 Those of the Negeb shall possess Mount Esau,and those of the Shephelah shall possess the land of the Philistines;they shall possess the land of Ephraim and the land of Samaria,and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 The exiles of this host of the people of Israelshall possess the land of the Canaanites as far as Zarephath,and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharadshall possess the cities of the Negeb.
21 Saviors shall go up to Mount Zionto rule Mount Esau,and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.
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A Father’s Wise Instruction4:1 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,and be attentive, that you may gain insight,
2 for I give you good precepts;do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a son with my father,tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 he taught me and said to me,“Let your heart hold fast my words;keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom; get insight;do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;love her, and she will guard you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,and whatever you get, get insight.
8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;she will honor you if you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head a graceful garland;she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
10 Hear, my son, and accept my words,that the years of your life may be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered,and if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,and do not walk in the way of the evil.
15 Avoid it; do not go on it;turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickednessand drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;they do not know over what they stumble.
20 My son, be attentive to my words;incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,and healing to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet;then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;turn your foot away from evil.
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My Soul Thirsts for YouA Psalm of David.143:1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;give ear to my pleas for mercy!In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
2 Enter not into judgment with your servant,for no one living is righteous before you.
3 For the enemy has pursued my soul;he has crushed my life to the ground;he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 Therefore my spirit faints within me;my heart within me is appalled.
5 I remember the days of old;I meditate on all that you have done;I ponder the work of your hands.
6 I stretch out my hands to you;my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah
7 Answer me quickly, O Lord!My spirit fails!Hide not your face from me,lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,for in you I trust.Make me know the way I should go,for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!I have fled to you for refuge.
10 Teach me to do your will,for you are my God!Let your good Spirit lead meon level ground!
11 For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,for I am your servant.
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