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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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The Blessings of Wisdom8:1 Does not wisdom call?Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights beside the way,at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call,and my cry is to the children of man.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence;O fools, learn sense.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things,and from my lips will come what is right,
7 for my mouth will utter truth;wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to him who understands,and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,and I find knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.Pride and arrogance and the way of eviland perverted speech I hate.
14 I have counsel and sound wisdom;I have insight; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me princes rule,and nobles, all who govern justly.
17 I love those who love me,and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,in the paths of justice,
21 granting an inheritance to those who love me,and filling their treasuries.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,so that the waters might not transgress his command,when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,and I was daily his delight,rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited worldand delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,watching daily at my gates,waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds lifeand obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;all who hate me love death.”
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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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