The word "Obadiah" means "Servant of the Lord". Who he was we cannot tell.
This little book takes us back to the quarrel of Jacob and Esau
in the Patriarchal Period. The sustained hostility of the descendants
of these two brothers is here elaborated into a solemn warning
to the Edomites (Esau) not to gloat over Israel (Jacob) in their
day of calamity, for the "Day of the Lord" comes upon
all the nations and Zion will be saved.