Matthew Poole Commentary - Obediah 1:18 - 1:18

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Obediah 1:18 - 1:18


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Besides what Nebuchadnezzar shall do upon his particular quarrel against Edom, bringing them to a very desolate condition, there shall, (though it be not owned,) intermixed, be the quarrel of God for Israel’s sake, which the Chaldeans shall avenge; or else, after the return out of captivity, and some settled state in their own land, Israel himself shall destroy the remnant of Edom, Joe_3:16, with Joe_3:19 Eze_25:14.



The house of Jacob; either the kingdom of the two tribes, or else the whole twelve tribes, the residue of the ten tribes joined with the two in their return from Babylon.



The house of Joseph; the ten tribes, particularly here mentioned to comfort them. and assure them that they should not be cast off, though they were more notoriously guilty of idolatry, and a long apostacy.



The house of Esau for stubble; as unable to resist or secure themselves as stubble is to resist the flame.



They shall kindle in them: this was fulfilled in part by Hyrcanus and the Maccabees, /APC 1Ma_5:3; but more fully to be accomplished in the mystical sense, when the Lord shall make his church as a fire to all its enemies, and Jerusalem a burdensome stone to all nations.



Devour them; as flame eats up the stubble.



There shall not be any; no considerable number or body of them, or none shall continue Edomites, but turn Jews, and be circumcised, be added to the church.



For the Lord hath spoken it; however or whenever this is done, it shall be done, because the Lord hath spoken it; this assures us of the thing.