1 Kings 18:3
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New International Version
and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD.

New Living Translation
So Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Obadiah was a devoted follower of the LORD.

English Standard Version
And Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly,

New American Standard Bible
Ahab called Obadiah who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly;

King James Bible
And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ahab called for Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. Obadiah was a man who greatly feared the LORD

International Standard Version
Ahab called for Obadiah, his household supervisor. This man, who feared the LORD very much,

NET Bible
So Ahab summoned Obadiah, who supervised the palace. (Now Obadiah was a very loyal follower of the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
And Ahab summoned Obadiah, the steward of the house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ahab sent for Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. Obadiah was a devout worshiper of the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household.--Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly;

New American Standard 1977
And Ahab called Obadiah who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Ahab called Obadiah, who was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly,

King James 2000 Bible
And Ahab called Obadiah, who was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:

American King James Version
And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:

American Standard Version
And Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared Jehovah greatly:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Achab called Abdias the governor of his house: now Abdias feared the Lord very much.

Darby Bible Translation
And Ahab called Obadiah, who was the steward of his house (now Obadiah feared Jehovah greatly;

English Revised Version
And Ahab called Obadiah, which was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Ahab called Obadiah who was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:

World English Bible
Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared Yahweh greatly:

Young's Literal Translation
and Ahab calleth unto Obadiah, who is over the house -- and Obadiah hath been fearing Jehovah greatly,
Study Bible
Elijah Confronts Ahab
2So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria. 3Ahab called Obadiah who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly; 4for when Jezebel destroyed the prophets of the LORD, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water.)…
Cross References
1 Kings 16:9
His servant Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him. Now he was at Tirzah drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was over the household at Tirzah.

1 Kings 18:2
So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

Nehemiah 7:2
then I put Hanani my brother, and Hananiah the commander of the fortress, in charge of Jerusalem, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.

Job 28:28
"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"
Treasury of Scripture

And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:

Obadiah [heb] Obadiahu
the governor of his house [heb] over his house

Genesis 24:2,10 And Abraham said to his oldest servant of his house, that ruled over …

Genesis 39:4,5,9 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made …

Genesis 41:40 You shall be over my house, and according to your word shall all …

feared the Lord

1 Kings 18:12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from you, that the …

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not your hand on the lad, neither do you any thing …

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

2 Kings 4:1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets …

Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable …

Nehemiah 7:2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, …

Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall …

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the …

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

Acts 10:2,35 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave …

(3) Obadiah.--The name ("servant of Jehovah") here corresponds to the character of the man. It is curiously significant of the hesitating and temporising attitude of Ahab, that, while Jezebel is suffered to persecute, a high officer in the court is able to profess openly the service of Jehovah, and secretly to thwart the cruelty of the queen. In his heart Ahab always seems to acknowledge the true God, but is overborne by the commanding and ruthless nature of Jezebel.

Verse 3. - And Ahab called [Rather, had called. "The verbs וַיְּהִי וַיּקְרָא etc. (vers. 3, 4, 5, 6), carry on the circumstantial clauses" (Keil).] Obadiah [This name is almost as remarkable as Elijah's, or would be, if it were not more common. It means "servant of Jehovah." Compare the modern Arabic Abdallah. Although borne by one who "feared the Lord greatly" (ver. 3), and "from his youth" (ver. 12), it occurs too frequently (1 Chronicles 3:21; 1 Chronicles 7:3; 1 Chronicles 8:38; 1 Chronicles 9:16; 2 Chronicles 17:7; 2 Chronicles 34:12; Ezra 8:9; Obadiah 1:1, etc.) to justify the belief that it was assumed or bestowed as an indication of his character (Rawlinson)], which was the governor of his [Heb. over the] house. [See note on 1 Kings 4:6, and cf. 1 Kings 16:9. Rawlinson says it "tells in favour of the monarch's tolerance that he should have maintained an adherent of the old religion in so important an office." But it is just as probable that it was because of his religion that he occupied this post of trust. Ahab could depend on his fidelity and conscientiousness]. (Now Obadiah [here begins a second parenthesis within the first] feared [Heb. was fearing] the Lord greatly. And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house,.... Perhaps his steward: the Jews (m) take him to be Obadiah the prophet, who wrote the small prophecy that goes by his name:

(now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly:) who, though he did not go up to Jerusalem to worship, which ceremonial service was dispensed with in him, yet he did not worship the calves, nor Baal, but served the Lord in a spiritual manner.

(m) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 39. 2.3. Obadiah feared the Lord greatly—Although he did not follow the course taken by the Levites and the majority of pious Israelites at that time of emigration into Judah (2Ch 11:13-16), he was a secret and sincere worshipper. He probably considered the violent character of the government, and his power of doing some good to the persecuted people of God as a sufficient excuse for his not going to worship in Jerusalem.18:1-16 The severest judgments, of themselves, will not humble or change the hearts of sinners; nothing, except the blood of Jesus Christ, can atone for the guilt of sin; nothing, except the sanctifying Spirit of God, can purge away its pollution. The priests and the Levites were gone to Judah and Jerusalem, 2Ch 11:13,14, but instead of them God raised up prophets, who read and expounded the word. They probably were from the schools of the prophets, first set up by Samuel. They had not the spirit of prophecy as Elijah, but taught the people to keep close to the God of Israel. These Jezebel sought to destroy. The few that escaped death were forced to hide themselves. God has his remnant among all sorts, high and low; and that faith, fear, and love of his name, which are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, will be accepted through the Redeemer. See how wonderfully God raises up friends for his ministers and people, for their shelter in difficult times. Bread and water were now scarce, yet Obadiah will find enough for God's prophets, to keep them alive. Ahab's care was not to lose all the beasts; but he took no care about his soul, not to lose that. He took pains to seek grass, but none to seek the favour of God; fencing against the effect, but not inquiring how to remove the cause. But it bodes well with a people, when God calls his ministers to stand forth, and show themselves. And we may the better endure the bread of affliction, while our eyes see our teachers.
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