The Bible is God's Holy Word written for us in order that we may know Him and know how to live in our fallen world. It consists of the Old Testament and the New Testament. Altogether, there are 66 books in the Bible. Which book is the shortest one in the Old Testament?
The answer is the book of Obadiah. Obadiah contains just 21 verses written in 670 words. This small book is a prophetic judgment on the people of Edom.
This is the most popular verse in the book of Obadiah:
"The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?" Obadiah 1:3
The Edomites made the mistake of not only causing harm to Israel, their close relative and God's chosen people, but also of thinking that no one could touch them. They lived in cities cut out of cliffs, where they were sure they were safe from harm. Obadiah predicts that God will restore Israel to its glory, but bring down the Edomites. And that is exactly what happened! The small book of Obadiah shows us that God protects His people and at some point, all will be judged.