Matthew Poole Commentary - Obediah 1:3 - 1:3

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Obediah 1:3 - 1:3


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The pride of thy heart: the Edomites were, as most mountaineers are, a rough, hardy, and daring people; necessitated sometimes to extraordinary adventures, and many times succeeded in attempts which others would not venture upon; hence they did swell in pride and confidence, and their hearts were bigger than their achievements, and they proud above measure.



Hath deceived thee; magnifying thy strength above what really it is.



Thou, people of Edom,



that dwellest in the clefts of the rock; houses, fortresses, towns, and cities, built upon inaccessible rocks, which neither could be undermined nor scaled. Or: dwellest in dark deep, and unsearchable caves amidst the rocks.



That saith in his heart; who think with themselves, and are upon report of an invasion ready to say,



Who shalt bring me down to the ground? it is not possible for armies to approach to us, nor bring their engines to shake or batter our walls. Who shall? i.e. none can.