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    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 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 (4, 13). Ahab seems to have held Obadiah in great honour, although he had no sympathy with his piety (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 (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 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. 12:9). (6.) A prince of Zebulun in the time of David (1 Chr. 27:19). (7.) One of the princes sent by Jehoshaphat to instruct the people in the law (2 Chr. 17:7). (8.) A Levite who superintended the repairs of the temple under Josiah (2 Chr. 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.

    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 Elijah?"...

    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 cave 1Ki 18:3,4 Meets Elijah and receives a commission from him 1Ki 18:3-16 -2. Head of a family 1Ch 3:21 -3. A descendant of Tola 1Ch 7:3 -4. Son of Azel 1Ch 8:38; 9:44 -5. A Levite 1Ch 9:16 -6. A Gadite warrior who joined David at Ziklag 1Ch 12:9 -7. Father of Ishmaiah 1Ch 27:19 -8. A prince of Judah who instructed the people in the law 2Ch 17:7-9 -9. A Levite One of the overseers in the repairing of the temple by Josiah 2Ch 34:12 -10. A descendant of Joab who returned from Babylon Ezr 8:9 -11. A priest who sealed a covenant with Nehemiah to observe God's law Ne 10:5 -12. A gatekeeper of Jerusalem, under Nehemiah Ne 12:25 -13. A prophet who prophesied the destruction of Edom Ob 1:1

    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 enemies. 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 1014.) 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 Yahweh"): (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- 16). (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 (Ezr 8:9). (12) One of the men who sealed the covenant with Nehemiah (Neh 10:5). (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 King." John Richard Sampey

    Obadiah in Wikipedia Ovadyah, (Hebrew: עובדיה) is a Biblical theophorical name, meaning "servant of Yahweh" or "worshipper of Yahweh."[1] 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 Shechaniah.

    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 chief men.

    Obadiah Scripture - 1 Kings 18:16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.