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Beyond his name, which was a pretty common one in his day, we don’t know much about Obadiah.  Writing in the first half of the Babylonian exile, Obadiah is addressing a Judahite population that thirsts for reconciliation with God (as demonstrated in Lamentation 5) and wonders how their current foes (in this case, Edom) will ever be defeated.  In the first half of Obadiah’s vision, God singles out Edom for destruction as a consequence for bandwagoning (an IR term that should be pretty self-explanatory) with Babylon against Judah.  The second half assures Judah that God has hear their pleas for restoration and will exalt them again as His people.

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