The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a message from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the nations,
Arise you, and let us rise up against her in battle.
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Ephrem The Syrian
“We have heard a report from the Lord,” that is, the Lord of the world powers will do nothing if he has not first revealed his mystery to his servants, the prophets. “And a messenger has been sent among the nations.” A mystical meaning is probable here, and these words may be referred to Emmanuel, the angel of the testament, sent from heaven, who announced peace to the nations, and therefore was said to be the “expectation of the nations.” .
Edom. The Jews understand this of the Romans; others apply it to themselves; but it seems to speak of the Idumeans.
Ambassador, prophet, or angel; or God has suffered the passions of men to act. All is here animated. God appears leading on the various nations. (Calmet)
He directed their thoughts to unite against Edom. (Worthington)
Yet he did not approve of their ambition. (Haydock)