1 Kings 18:10
New International Version
As surely as the LORD your God lives, there is not a nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to look for you. And whenever a nation or kingdom claimed you were not there, he made them swear they could not find you.

New Living Translation
For I swear by the LORD your God that the king has searched every nation and kingdom on earth from end to end to find you. And each time he was told, 'Elijah isn't here,' King Ahab forced the king of that nation to swear to the truth of his claim.

English Standard Version
As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek you. And when they would say, ‘He is not here,’ he would take an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you.

Berean Study Bible
As surely as the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent someone to search for you. When they said, ‘He is not here,’ he made that kingdom or nation swear they had not found you.

New American Standard Bible
"As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent to search for you; and when they said, 'He is not here,' he made the kingdom or nation swear that they could not find you.

King James Bible
As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

Christian Standard Bible
As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent someone to search for you. When they said, 'He is not here,' he made that kingdom or nation swear they had not found you.

Contemporary English Version
I swear to you in the name of the living LORD your God that the king has looked everywhere for you. He sent people to look in every country, and when they couldn't find you, he made the leader of each country swear that you were not in that country.

Good News Translation
By the living LORD, your God, I swear that the king has made a search for you in every country in the world. Whenever the ruler of a country reported that you were not in his country, Ahab would require that ruler to swear that you could not be found.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent someone to search for you. When they said, 'He is not here,' he made that kingdom or nation swear they had not found you."

International Standard Version
As surely as the LORD your God lives, there isn't a nation or kingdom where my master hasn't tried to find you. Whenever they would say 'He isn't here,' he forced that kingdom or nation to swear that they hadn't seen you.

NET Bible
As certainly as the LORD your God lives, my master has sent to every nation and kingdom in an effort to find you. When they say, 'He's not here,' he makes them swear an oath that they could not find you.

New Heart English Bible
As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where my lord has not sent to seek you. When they said, 'He is not here,' he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they did not find you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I solemnly swear, as the LORD your God lives, my master has searched for you in every region and kingdom. When people would say, 'He isn't here,' my master made that kingdom or region take an oath that they hadn't found you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee; and when they said: He is not here, he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

New American Standard 1977
“As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent to search for you; and when they said, ‘He is not here,’ he made the kingdom or nation swear that they could not find you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As the LORD thy God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek thee; and when they all said, He is not here; he has caused kingdoms and nations to swear an oath if they have found thee or not.

King James 2000 Bible
As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where my lord has not sent to seek you: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found you not.

American King James Version
As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where my lord has not sent to seek you: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found you not.

American Standard Version
As Jehovah thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not here, he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As the Lord thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee : and when all answered: He is not here: he took an oath of every kingdom and nation, because thou wast not found.

Darby Bible Translation
As Jehovah thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom whither my lord has not sent to seek thee; and when they said, He is not [here], he took an oath of the kingdom or nation that they found thee not.

English Revised Version
As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not here, he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

Webster's Bible Translation
As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation nor kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

World English Bible
As Yahweh your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where my lord has not sent to seek you. When they said, 'He is not here,' he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they didn't find you.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah thy God liveth, if there is a nation and kingdom whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee; and they said, He is not, then he caused the kingdom and the nation to swear, that it doth not find thee;
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Elijah Confronts Ahab
9But Obadiah replied, “How have I sinned, that you are handing your servant over to Ahab to put me to death? 10As surely as the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent someone to search for you. When they said, ‘He is not here,’ he made that kingdom or nation swear they had not found you. 11And now you say, ‘Go tell your master that Elijah is here!’…
Cross References
1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was among the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, I stand before Him, and in these years there will be neither dew nor rain except at my word!"

1 Kings 18:9
But Obadiah replied, "How have I sinned, that you are handing your servant over to Ahab to put me to death?

1 Kings 18:11
And now you say, 'Go tell your master that Elijah is here!'

1 Kings 22:14
But Micaiah said, "As surely as the LORD lives, I will speak whatever the LORD tells me."

Jeremiah 36:19
Then the officials said to Baruch, "You and Jeremiah must hide yourselves and let no one know where you are."

Treasury of Scripture

As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where my lord has not sent to seek you: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found you not.

the Lord

1 Kings 18:15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, …

1 Kings 1:29 And the king swore, and said, As the LORD lives, that has redeemed …

1 Kings 2:24 Now therefore, as the LORD lives, which has established me, and set …

1 Kings 17:1,12 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

1 Samuel 29:6 Then Achish called David, and said to him, Surely, as the LORD lives, …

whither my lord

Psalm 10:2 The wicked in his pride does persecute the poor: let them be taken …

Jeremiah 26:20-23 And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the LORD, …

they found thee not

1 Kings 17:5,9 So he went and did according to the word of the LORD: for he went …

Psalm 12:7,8 You shall keep them, O LORD, you shall preserve them from this generation …

Psalm 31:20 You shall hide them in the secret of your presence from the pride of man…

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under …

Jeremiah 36:26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah …

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and …







Lexicon
As surely as the LORD
יְהוָ֣ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

your God
אֱלֹהֶ֗יךָ (’ĕ·lō·he·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

lives,
חַ֣י ׀ (ḥay)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

there is
יֶשׁ־ (yeš-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3426: Being, substance, existence, is

no
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

nation
גּ֤וֹי (gō·w)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

or kingdom
וּמַמְלָכָה֙ (ū·mam·lā·ḵāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4467: Kingdom, sovereignty, dominion, reign

where
אֲ֠שֶׁר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

my lord
אֲדֹנִ֥י (’ă·ḏō·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 113: Sovereign, controller

has not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

sent
שָׁלַ֨ח (šā·laḥ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

someone to search for you.
לְבַקֶּשְׁךָ֔ (lə·ḇaq·qeš·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

When they said,
וְאָמְר֖וּ (wə·’ā·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

‘[He is] not [here],’
אָ֑יִן (’ā·yin)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

he made that kingdom
הַמַּמְלָכָה֙ (ham·mam·lā·ḵāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4467: Kingdom, sovereignty, dominion, reign

or nation
הַגּ֔וֹי (hag·gō·w)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

swear
וְהִשְׁבִּ֤יעַ (wə·hiš·bî·a‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7650: To seven oneself, swear

they had not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

found you.
יִמְצָאֶֽכָּה׃ (yim·ṣā·’ek·kāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present
(10) There is no nation.--This unremitting search--implying perhaps some supremacy or authority over neighbouring kingdoms--suits ill with the half-hearted enmity of Ahab. No doubt it was the work of Jezebel, in Ahab's name, connived at (as in the murder of Naboth) by his timidity.

Verse 10. - As the Lord thy God liveth [Obadiah uses precisely the same adjuration as the widow of Zarephath, 1 Kings 17:12. But then, though Jehovah was undoubtedly his God, He was in a more special and intimate manner Elijah's God. The oath corresponds well with the prophet's name], there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee [Keil says the hyperbole is to be explained by the "inward excitement and fear" of the speaker. But the Orientals use similar exaggerations in their calmest moments. All that is meant is that all neighbouring and accessible courts had been communicated with. This search for Elijah shows that Ahab regarded him as the author of the drought, and did not recognize it as sent by God. The belief in occult and magical powers has always held possession of the Eastern mind]: and when they said, He is not there [Heb. Not, and he, etc.]; he took an oath [LXX. ἐνέπρησε, which has been thought by some to point to acts of vengeance. But more probably it is a clerical error, perhaps for ὥρκισε, or ἐνώρκισε. On the frequency of oaths in that age see on 1 Kings 1:51] of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not. 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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