Wednesday, August 13, 2008


v. 8-14

"In that day,' declares the Lord,
'will I not destroy the wise men of Edom,
men of understanding in the mountains of Esau?
Your warriors, O Teman,' will be terrified,
and everyone is Esau's mountains
will be cut down in the slaughter.
Because of the violence against your brother Jacob,
you will be covered with shame;
you will be destroyed forever.
On the day you stood aloof
while strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.

You should not look down on your brother
in the day of his misfortune,
nor rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction,
nor boast so much
in the day of their trouble.

You should not march through the gates of my people
in the day of their disaster,
nor look down on them in their calamity
in the day of their disaster,
nor seize their wealth
in the day of their disaster.

You should not wait at the crossroads
to cut down their fugitives,
nor hand over their survivors
in the day of their trouble."

Not So "Wise" Men
Edom was noted for its wise men,
but the decisoins the "wise" men made were at great cost to the Edomites.
God did not pronounce these harsh judgments against Edom out of vengeance,
but in order to bring about justice.
God is perfect and expects us to treat each other in a Godly manner.
The Edomites were getting what they deserved.
Because they murdered, they would be murdered.
Because they robbed, they would be robbed.
Because they took advantage of others, they would be taken advantage of.
God knows all our sins,
we cannot hide our actions from him.

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