3. There are two parts: I. The Preface (Obadiah 1). II. The Prophecy, wherein is described both the judgment of God against Edom, and all nations, and also the grace of God towards His elect people (Obadiah 2-21). A Synoptic Table of the book, and its Interpreters, Ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Hebrew.
Now, there are two parts to this one chapter of the Prophecy:
I. The Preface, verse 1.
Wherein God testifies, that a rumor was heard from the Lord, and that an ambassador was sent to the nations, for war against Edom (verse 1): verse 1.
II. The Prophecy, wherein are described both the Judgment of God against Edom, and all nations, and the grace of God towards the elect people of God, verses 2-21. See:
1. The description of the judgment of God against Edom, with its fortification, treasures, allies, wisdom, and courage despised (verses 2-9), the reason for the judgment is rendered, namely, the injury done to their brother Jacob (verses 10, 11), and counsel bestowed, that they should not rejoice on account of the deportation of the tribe of Judah, nor enter his gate in the day of his calamity (verses 12-14): verses 2-14.
2. Judgment against all nation, of the sort that was against Edom (verses 15, 16): verses 15, 16.
3. The sentence of grace towards God’s elect people, to whom is promised the preservation of the remnants fleeing into Zion, a pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon them, the inheritance of the nations, the consumption of Edom, the shattering of enemies under the feet of the Church, the ascent of those to be saved into mount Zion for the judgment of the mount of Esau; and the Kingdom of Jehovah (verses 17-21): verses 17-21.