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Obadiah 1:10

Context
Edom’s Treachery Against Judah

1:10 “Because 1  you violently slaughtered 2  your relatives, 3  the people of Jacob, 4 

shame will cover you, and you will be destroyed 5  forever.

1 tn Heb “from.” The preposition is used here with a causal sense.

2 tn Heb “because of the slaughter and because of the violence.” These two expressions form a hendiadys meaning “because of the violent slaughter.” Traditional understanding connects the first phrase “because of the slaughter” with the end of v. 9 (cf. KJV, NASB, NIV, NLT). It is preferable, however, to regard it as parallel to the reference to violence at the beginning of v. 11. Both the parallel linguistic structure of the two phrases and the metrical structure of the verse favor connecting this phrase with the beginning of v. 10 (cf. NRSV, TEV).

3 tn Heb “the violence of your brother.” The genitive construction is to be understood as an objective genitive. The meaning is not that Jacob has perpetrated violence (= subjective genitive), but that violence has been committed against him (= objective genitive).

4 tn Heb “your brother Jacob” (so NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV); NCV “your relatives, the Israelites.”

5 tn Heb “be cut off” (so KJV, NASB, NRSV).



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