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Obadiah 1:7

ESV 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.
NIV All your allies will force you to the border; your friends will deceive and overpower you; those who eat your bread will set a trap for you, but you will not detect it.
NASB All the people allied with you Will send you to the border, And the people at peace with you Will deceive you and overpower you. They who eat your bread Will set an ambush for you. (There is no understanding in him.)
CSB Everyone who has a treaty with you will drive you to the border; everyone at peace with you will deceive and conquer you. Those who eat your bread will set a trap for you. He will be unaware of it.
NLT 'All your allies will turn against you. They will help to chase you from your land. They will promise you peace while plotting to deceive and destroy you. Your trusted friends will set traps for you, and you won’t even know about it.
KJV All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.

What does Obadiah 1:7 mean?

Edom was located along major trade routes. The territory was rich in minerals, and the mountains were easy to defend. As a result, Edom had excellent trade relations with surrounding nations. Edom took pride in their strength, wealth, and popularity. They also considered themselves wise; after all, look how well they were doing! Obadiah's prophecy is part of a common thread in God's judgment. Often, people are repaid with the same kind of evil they subject others to. And, they frequently see their pride turned into humiliation.

According to history, shortly after this prophecy was written, Edom was defeated. The Nabateans, from Arabia, fooled the Edomites with a peaceful meeting. Once inside the borders, and with the Edomites lulled into carelessness, the Nabateans attacked and destroyed Edom. Given all of their pride, arrogance, and self-confidence, this was an embarrassing defeat. Obadiah's words directly mock the Edomites' arrogant claim to wisdom. Not only had they been beaten, but they had been deceived by an ally: "those who eat [their] bread."

This, again, hints at Edom's crimes against Israel. Since the two nations were descendants of brothers Esau and Jacob, they should have been friendly. Instead of an ally, Edom was a constant provoker against Israel. In the end, it was those Edom expected to be allies who defeated them.
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