Bible Names N-Z: Obadiah
Obadiah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
servant of the Lord. (1.) An Israelite who was chief in the
household of King Ahab (1 Kings 18:3). Amid great
degeneracy he maintained his fidelity to God, and
protect The Lord's prophets, an hundred of whom he
hid at great
personal risk in a cave (4, 13). Ahab seems to have
in great honour, although he had no sympathy with
his piety (5,
6, 7). The last notice of him is his bringing back
Ahab that Elijah, whom he had so long sought for,
was at hand
(9-16). "Go," said Elijah to him, when he met him in
"go tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here."
(2.) A chief of the tribe of Issachar (1 Chr. 7:3).
(3.) A descendant of Saul (1 Chr. 8:38).
(4.) A Levite, after the Captivity (1 Chr. 9:16).
(5.) A Gadite who joined David at Ziklag (1 Chr.
(6.) A prince of Zebulun in the time of David (1
(7.) One of the princes sent by Jehoshaphat to
people in the law (2 Chr. 17:7).
(8.) A Levite who superintended the repairs of the
under Josiah (2 Chr. 34:12).
(9.) One who accompanied Ezra on the return from
(10.) A prophet, fourth of the minor prophets in the
canon, and fifth in the LXX. He was probably
Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Of his personal history
nothing is known.
Obadiah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("worshipper of Jehovah"; Arabic: Abdallah.)
1. One of Israhiah's "five" sons, of Issachar (1
Chronicles 7:3). But as four only are mentioned, Kennicott
with four manuscripts omits "and the sons of Israhiah," thus
making him brother not father of Obadiah, and both sons of
Uzzi. Syriac and Arabic have our text, but "four."
2. 1 Chronicles 8:38; 1 Chronicles 9:44.
3. 1 Chronicles 9:16; Nehemiah 12:24-25.
4. 1 Chronicles 3:21.
5. 1 Chronicles 12:8-9.
6. 2 Chronicles 17:7.
7. Ezra 8:9.
8. Nehemiah 10:5.
9. Over Ahab's house. A kind of lord high
chamberlain or mayor of the palace (1 Kings 18:3). As there
were saints in Nero's palace (Philemon 1:13; Philemon 4:22),
so they were in wicked Ahab's palace. Had not his value as a
servant made him necessary to Ahab, his piety would have
destroyed him. The pressure of the drought in the third year
was such that Ahab could trust none so well as Obadiah to
search throughout the land for water to preserve his
"beasts," his stud of "horses and mules." Ahab cared more
for these than for his perishing subjects! In a corrupt
court, in spite of the persecuting idolatrous queen Jezebel,
"Obadiah feared Jehovah," not merely a little but "greatly."
So much so that he dared to hide from her fury 100 prophets,
feeding them by fifty in a cave (compare on love to the
Lord's brethren, Matthew 25:40). Ahab went in one direction
in search of water, Obadiah another by himself. The latter
was startled by the sudden appearance of Elijah, who had
disappeared since his first announcement of the drought
coming at his word (1 Kings 17:1). Obadiah knew him and
reverently fell on his face saying, "art thou that my lord
Obadiah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
servant of the Lord
Obadiah in Naves Topical Bible
-1. The governor of Ahab's house
Conceals one-hundred prophets persecuted by Jezebel in a
Meets Elijah and receives a commission from him
-2. Head of a family
-3. A descendant of Tola
-4. Son of Azel
1Ch 8:38; 9:44
-5. A Levite
-6. A Gadite warrior who joined David at Ziklag
-7. Father of Ishmaiah
-8. A prince of Judah who instructed the people in the law
-9. A Levite
One of the overseers in the repairing of the temple by
-10. A descendant of Joab who returned from Babylon
-11. A priest who sealed a covenant with Nehemiah to observe
-12. A gatekeeper of Jerusalem, under Nehemiah
-13. A prophet who prophesied the destruction of Edom
Obadiah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(servant of the Lord),
1. A man whose sons are enumerated in the genealogy
of the tribe of Judah. 1Ch 3:21 (B.C. 470.)
2. A descendant of Issachar and a chief man of his
tribe. 1Ch 7:3 (B.C. 1014.)
3. One of the six sons of Azel, a descendant of
Saul. 1Ch 8:33; 9:44 (B.C. 720.)
4. A Levite, son of Shemaiah, and descended from
Jeduthun. 1Ch 9:16; Ne 12:25
5. The second of the lion-faced Gadites who joined
David at Ziklag. 1Ch 12:9 (B.C. 1054.)
6. One of the Princes of Judah in the reign of
Jehoshaphat. 2Ch 17:7 (B.C. 909.)
7. The son of Jehiel, of the sons of Joab, who came
up in the second caravan with Ezra. Ezr 8:9
8. A priest, or family of priests, who settled the
covenant with Nehemiah. Ne 10:5
9. The fourth of the twelve minor prophets. We know
nothing of him except what we can gather from the short book
which bears his name. The question of his date must depend
upon the interpretation of the 11th verse of his prophecy.
He there speaks of the conquest of Jerusalem and the
captivity of Jacob as having occurred, He probably refers to
the captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, B.C. 688. It must have been
uttered at some time in the five years which intervened
between B.C. 588 and 583. The book of Obadiah is a sustained
denunciation of the Edomites, melting into a vision of the
future glories of Zion when the arm of the Lord should have
wrought her deliverance and have repaid double upon her
10. An officer of high rank in the court of Ahab.
1Ki 18:3 He was a devout worshipper of Jehovah, and at the
peril of his life concealed over a hundred prophets during
the persecution by Jezebel; 1Ki 18:3-16 (B.C. 904.)
11. The father of Ishmaiah who was chief of the
tribe of Zebulun in David's reign. 1Ch 27:19 (B.C. before
12. A Merarite Levite in the reign of Josiah, and
one of the overseers of the workmen in the restoration of
the temple. 2Ch 34:12 (B.C.623.)
Obadiah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
o-ba-di'-a (`obhadhyah, more fully `obhadhyahu, "servant of
(1) The steward or prime minister of Ahab, who did his best
to protect the prophets of Yahweh against Jezebel's
persecution. He met Elijah on his return from Zarephath, and
bore to Ahab the news of Elijah's reappearance (1 Ki 18:3-
(2) The prophet (Ob 1:1).
See OBADIAH, BOOK OF.
(3) A descendant of David (1 Ch 3:21).
(4) A chief of the tribe of Issachar (1 Ch 7:3).
(5) A descendant of Saul (1 Ch 8:38; 9:44).
(6) A Levite descended from Jeduthun (1 Ch 9:16), identical
with Abda (Neh 11:17).
(7) A chief of the Gadites (1 Ch 12:9).
(8) A Zebulunite, father of the chief Ishmaiah (1 Ch 27:19).
(9) One of the princes sent by Jehoshaphat to teach the law
in Judah (2 Ch 17:7).
(10) A Merarite employed by Josiah to oversee the workmen in
repairing the temple (2 Ch 34:12).
(11) The head of a family who went up with Ezra from Babylon
(12) One of the men who sealed the covenant with Nehemiah
(13) A gate-keeper in the days of Nehemiah (Neh 12:25).
The name "Obadiah" was common in Israel from the days of
David to the close of the Old Testament. An ancient Hebrew
seal bears the inscription "Obadiah the servant of the
John Richard Sampey
Obadiah in Wikipedia
Ovadyah, (Hebrew: עובדיה) is a Biblical theophorical name,
meaning "servant of Yahweh" or "worshipper of Yahweh." It
is cognate to the Arabic name ĎAbdullah. Another similar name
in Arabic is Obaidullah/ `Ubaydullah (Arabic: عبيد الله) is a
male Arabic given name that means "little servant of Allah".
The form of his name used in the Septuagint is Obdios; in
Latin it is Abdias...
Obadiah Scripture - 1 Chronicles 3:21
And the sons of Hananiah; Pelatiah, and Jesaiah: the sons of
Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of
Obadiah Scripture - 1 Chronicles 7:3
And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah;
Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah, five: all of them
Obadiah Scripture - 1 Kings 18:16
So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to
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