Edom’s Pride And Punishment

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This period of Old Testament history comes from a time when war was simply a fact of life.  Here we find the nations waging war against Edom (vv. 1-4). The theme of the book is clearly established in the first four verses when the Lord says “I will bring you down.” The implication is that the destruction of Edom will be worse than the devastation caused by thieves (v.5).

From the announcement of doom upon Edom the emphasis turns to a spelling out of the wrongs which have made such a doom inevitable (vv. 6-7). Judgment was given on the basis and conviction that Edom had done specific wrong acts against the will of the Lord. Edom prided herself in her great wealth (obtained by trading and by iron and copper mining) and in her position geographically. She trusted in the natural protection provided by the clefts of the rock. Her pride proved to be her undoing, for it deceived her into thinking that no one could conquer her (vv 8-9). Though from mans point of view Edom was almost impregnable she was not inaccessible to God.

The Lord condemns Edom’s cruelty (vv. 10-14). Those make themselves poor, who think to make themselves rich by the ruin of the people of God; and those deceive themselves, who call all that their own on which they can lay their hands in a day of calamity. Though judgment begins at the house of God, it shall not end there.


I need to talk with my family about the sin of pride and give some examples of what it will cause us to do and what it will cause us not to do.

Obadiah 1:1-14 (English Standard Version)

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