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Obadiah 1:2

2 “See, I will make you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised.

Read Obadiah 1:2 Using Other Translations

Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.
Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be utterly despised.
The LORD says to Edom, “I will cut you down to size among the nations; you will be greatly despised.

What does Obadiah 1:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Obadiah 1:2

Behold, I have made thee small among the Heathen
Or "a little one", or "thing" F15; their number few, and their country not large, as Aben Ezra, especially in comparison of other nations; and therefore had no reason to be so proud, insolent, and secure, as they are afterwards said to be; or rather, "I will make thee"; the past for the future, after the prophetic manner, as Kimchi; that is weak and feeble, as the Targum; reduce their numbers, destroy their towns and cities, and bring them into a low and miserable condition: or the sense is, that he would make them look little, mean, and abject, in the sight of their enemies who would conclude, upon a view of them, that they should have no trouble in subduing them, and therefore should attack them without fear, and as sure of success: thou art greatly despised;
in the eyes of the nations round about; by their enemies, who looked upon them with contempt, because of the smallness of their number, their defenceless state and want of strength to support and defend themselves; see ( Jeremiah 49:15 ) ; had so the pope of Rome is little and despicable in the eyes of the monarchs of the earth; and the antichristian Edom will be more so at the time of its general ruin.


F15 (Njq) "parvium", V. L.
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