Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Obadiah : servant of the Lord.

  1. An Israelite who was chief in the household of King Ahab (1 Kings 18:3). Amid great spiritual degeneracy he maintained his fidelity to God, and interposed to protect The Lord's prophets, an hundred of whom he hid at great personal risk in a cave (1 Kings 18:4,13). Ahab seems to have held Obadiah in great honour, although he had no sympathy with his piety (1 Kings 18:5,6,7). The last notice of him is his bringing back tidings to Ahab that Elijah, whom he had so long sought for, was at hand (1 Kings 18:9-16). "Go," said Elijah to him, when he met him in the way, "go tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here."
  2. A chief of the tribe of Issachar (1 Chronicles 7:3).
  3. A descendant of Saul (1 Chronicles 8:38).
  4. A Levite, after the Captivity (1 Chronicles 9:16).
  5. A Gadite who joined David at Ziklag (1 Chronicles 12:9).
  6. A prince of Zebulun in the time of David (1 Chronicles 27:19).
  7. One of the princes sent by Jehoshaphat to instruct the people in the law (2 Chronicles 17:7).
  8. A Levite who superintended the repairs of the temple under Josiah (2 Chronicles 34:12).
  9. One who accompanied Ezra on the return from Babylon (Ezra 8:9).
  10. A prophet, fourth of the minor prophets in the Hebrew canon, and fifth in the LXX. He was probably contemporary with Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Of his personal history nothing is known.
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