The Book of Obadiah is prophecy concerning the divine judgment of Edom and the restoration of Israel. The text consists of a single chapter, divided into 21 verses, making it the shortest book in the Hebrew Bible.
"Amos painted equally interesting headlines for the Northern Kingdom (Israel), to whom he proclaimed God's message. He announced God's capture and punishment of each of the nations surrounding Israel. You can hear Israel shout, “Amen!” as the prophet calls the name of each nation. Then the prophet added one more name to the list—Israel. God's people find themselves on the list of God's most-wanted enemies." - Trent Butler
He who spares the rod hates his son: The important principle of physical punishment in the training of the youth is found in the book of Proverbs numerous times. (22:15; 23:13–14; 29:15) How are we to understand these verses?