This is the shortest book in the Old Testament with 21 verses and 669 words. Edom (descendants of Esau) will be judged because of their constant conflict with Israel, their prideful rejoicing over the fall of Jerusalem, and their opposition to the fleeing remnant of Judah during the Babylonian conquest. This book looks ahead to the future deliverance and blessing of Israel during the kingdom age.
I. Esau Have I Hated (1-16)
A. The certainty of their overthrow (1-9)
B. The cause of their overthrow (10-14)
C. The character of their overthrow (15-16)
II. Jacob Have I Loved (17-21)