What does Obadiah 1:4 mean?
ESV: 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.
NIV: Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,' declares the LORD.
NASB: Though you make your home high like the eagle, Though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down,' declares the Lord.
CSB: Though you seem to soar like an eagle and make your nest among the stars, even from there I will bring you down. This is the Lord's declaration.
NLT: But even if you soar as high as eagles and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you crashing down,' says the Lord.
KJV: Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.
NKJV: Though you ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down,” says the Lord.
Verse Commentary:
In battle, high ground is a major advantage. Solid walls are also great benefits. Eagles' nests are notable for being built very high, and with very thick walls. For Edom, living in the mountains of Seir, it seemed as if they were invincible. Their caves were so well defended, and so high, it was as if they were eagles nesting in the stars. Edom also benefitted from busy trade and rich mineral resources. Arrogance and pride were part of their undoing.

The people of Edom were descended from Esau, the brother of Jacob. Jacob would eventually become Israel, the father of the Jewish people. So, from a national standpoint, Israel and Edom were brothers. And yet, for centuries, Edom had harassed and persecuted Israel. While Israel was abused by her neighbors, Edom enjoyed relative security.

Part of Obadiah's message to Edom is that they will suffer for the crimes committed against Israel. This judgment is coming from God, after years of sin and cruelty from the Edomites. The Old Testament warns many nations about coming wrath. And yet, no people are warned of God's vengeance as often as Edom.
Verse Context:
Obadiah 1:1–9 predicts the total destruction of Edom, a long-standing enemy of Israel. Despite Edom's strategic location, pride, and wealth, this prophecy warns that they will be completely ruined. The people of Edom committed heinous crimes against Israel, even helping Israel's enemies capture Jewish refugees. This passage specifically mentions how the coming wrath will undo all of Edom's proudest achievements.
Chapter Summary:
The nation of Edom grew from Esau, the brother of Jacob. Jacob would later be re-named ''Israel.'' Despite being so closely related, Israel had few long-term enemies as spiteful as the Edomites. In the short prophecy given by Obadiah, Edom is warned of God's judgment. Edom is particularly condemned for aiding Israel's enemies in a time of war. This warning is extended to all nations that reject God: judgment for your sin is coming, but God will be merciful to those who obey Him.
Chapter Context:
Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament, with only one chapter of 21 verses. In just a few words, it delivers a warning of judgment on Edom, one of Israel's oldest enemies. This passage also warns every nation that defies God that there will be a reckoning. The end of Obadiah's prophecy involves the division of land during the end times.
Book Summary:
Obadiah is an excellent introduction to Old Testament prophecy. In just 21 verses, it covers all of the typical contents found in the prophets. Themes of wrongdoing, imminent judgment, God's mercy, and His restoration are all found in this short book. Reading Obadiah is somewhat like reading the dust jacket of a much larger novel. Obadiah is also interesting in that it is not addressed to Israel, but to the nation of Edom.
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