Obadiah 1:1 - 8
ESV - 1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom: We have heard a report from the Lord, and a messenger has been sent among the nations: "Rise up! Let us rise against her for battle! 2 Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be utterly despised.
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Edom was where the descendants of Esau settled, south of the Dead Sea; thus it became known as Edom (“red”) because Esau had traded his privileged rights as the family’s first son for a bowl of red stew. Esau Sells His Birthright 29One day, while Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the field and was famished. 30He said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am famished.” (That is why he was also called Edom) 31“First sell me your birthright,” Jacob replied. 32“Look,” said Esau, “I am about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?” 33“Swear to me first,” Jacob said. So Esau swore to Jacob and sold him the birthright. 34Then Jacob gave some bread and lentil stew to Esau, who ate and drank and then got up and went away. Thus Esau despised his birthright. Also, the sandstone hills there in Edom and much of the soil there bear a reddish hue. The onetime capital of Edom was Petra, today a tourist attraction with massive rock carvings in the cliffs.
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