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Obadiah 1:9

ESV And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O Teman, so that every man from Mount Esau will be cut off by slaughter.
NIV Your warriors, Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau's mountains will be cut down in the slaughter.
NASB Then your warriors will be filled with terror, Teman, So that everyone will be eliminated from the mountain of Esau by murder.
CSB Teman, your warriors will be terrified so that everyone from the hill country of Esau will be destroyed by slaughter.
NLT The mightiest warriors of Teman will be terrified, and everyone on the mountains of Edom will be cut down in the slaughter.
KJV And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

What does Obadiah 1:9 mean?

Edom was blessed with riches and excellent terrain. Cliffs and mountains are hard to attack. So, as a wealthy and secure people, the Edomites saw themselves as "mighty." Since their warriors hadn't suffered the kind of defeats Israel had, Edom felt they were a greater military power than they really were. This led to overconfidence, and an assumption of their own wisdom. Like some modern sports teams, Edom seems to have confused "undefeated" with "undefeatable."

The surprise attack which defeated Edom came not long after this prophecy was given. As a result, the warriors and wise men were caught unaware, and obliterated. Verses 8 and 9 not only predict this event, they serve to humiliate Edom. The very strengths the Edomites bragged about will be turned upside down when judgment comes.

"Mount Esau" and "Mount Seir" are references to the nation of Edom. These people were the children of Esau, the brother of Israel's father, Jacob. Edom's cities were in the mountains of Seir, Southeast of Israel. Teman was Esau's grandson, and the capital city of Edom was named after him.
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