Obadiah 1

  1. By act and attitude Edom had sinned against God and against his people.
    Trace the details of the sin; then look up 1 Cor. 10:11, 12 and apply Obadiah’s warnings to your own life.
  2. The Prophet claims divine inspiration (verses 1, 4, 8, 18).
    What do we learn of the Lord’s character from this book?
    What wonderful truth had yet to be revealed which goes beyond verse 15? Cf. Rom. 8:3, 4.
  3. The prophet’s words speak of searing (verse 18) and possession (verses 17, 19, 20). How do the words ‘holy’ (verse 17) and ‘the kingdom shall be the Lord’s’ (verse 21) change the complexion of the situation?
    The Christian’s expectation is the same: ‘Thy kingdom come.’ How and why does its spirit differ?
    Cf. Mark 1:14, 15; Matt. 12:28; Acts 8:12; John 18:36; Rev. 12:10, 11; Matt. 5:3; Rom. 14:17.


  1. Verse 1. The section ‘We have heard… Rise, and let us go against her for battle’ is in parenthesis.
    Suggesting the means by which Edom will be brought low.
  2. Verse 3. Several translations’ mg. draw attention to a possible pun here; sela means ‘rock’, but it was also the name of the capital city of Edom, later called Petra.
  3. Verses 5, 6. Thieves or grape-stealers leave something behind; but when God plunders, the pillage is complete.
  4. Verse 7. The principle here is enunciated in verse 15b; this principle of strict justice is the basis of God’s moral law. Cf. Gal. 6:7.
  5. Verses 10-14. Cf. Ps. 137:7; Lam. 2:15, 16.
  6. Verse 16. The ‘cup’ of God’s wrath was a vivid prophetic picture of divine punishment and consequent disaster. Cf. Jer. 25:27, 28; Is. 51:17; Rev. 14:10.