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The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
THE PROPHECY OF ABDIAS
ABDIAS, whose name is interpreted THE SERVANT OF THE LORD, is believed
to have prophesied about the same time as OSEE, JOEL, and AMOS: though
some of the Hebrews, who believe him to be the same with ACHAB's
steward, make him much more ancient. His prophecy is the shortest of any
in number of words, but yields to none, says ST. JEROME, in the
sublimity of mysteries. It contains but one chapter.
Abdias Chapter 1
The destruction of Edom for their pride: and the wrongs they did to
Jacob: the salvation and victory of Israel.
1:1. The vision of Abdias. Thus saith the Lord God to Edom: We have
heard a rumour from the Lord, and he hath sent an ambassador to the
nations: Arise, and let us rise up to battle against him.
1:2. Behold I have made thee small among the nations: thou art exceeding
1:3. The pride of thy heart hath lifted thee up, who dwellest in the
clefts of the rocks, and settest up thy throne on high: who sayest in
thy heart: Who shall bring me down to the ground?
1:4. Though thou be exalted as an eagle, and though thou set thy nest
among the stars: thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.
1:5. If thieves had gone in to thee, if robbers by night, how wouldst
thou have held thy peace? would they not have stolen till they had
enough? if the grapegatherers had come in to thee, would they not have
left thee at the least a cluster?
1:6. How have they searched Esau, how have they sought out his hidden
1:7. They have sent thee out even to the border: all the men of thy
confederacy have deceived thee: the men of thy peace have prevailed
against thee: they that eat with thee shall lay snares under thee: there
is no wisdom in him.
1:8. Shall not I in that day, saith the Lord, destroy the wise out of
Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?
1:9. And thy valiant men of the south shall be afraid, that man may be
cut off from the mount of Esau.
1:10. For the slaughter, and for the iniquity against thy brother Jacob,
confusion shall cover thee, and thou shalt perish for ever.
1:11. In the day when thou stoodest against him, when strangers carried
away his army captive, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast
lots upon Jerusalem: thou also wast as one of them.
1:12. But thou shalt not look on in the day of thy brother, in the day
of his leaving his country: and thou shalt not rejoice over the children
of Juda, in the day of their destruction: and thou shalt not magnify thy
mouth in the day of distress.
Thou shalt not look, etc... or, thou shouldst not, etc. It is a
reprehension for what they had done, and at the same time a declaration
that these things should not pass unpunished.-Ibid. Thou shalt not
magnify thy mouth... That is, thou shalt not speak arrogantly against
the children of Juda as insulting them in their distress.
1:13. Neither shalt thou enter into the gate of my people in the day of
their ruin: neither shalt thou also look on in his evils in the day of
his calamity: and thou shalt not be sent out against his army in the day
of his desolation.
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