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1 Kings 18:1-8 (The Message)

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1 A long time passed. Then God's word came to Elijah. The drought was now in its third year. The message: "Go and present yourself to Ahab; I'm about to make it rain on the country." 2 Elijah set out to present himself to Ahab. The drought in Samaria at the time was most severe. 3 Ahab called for Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. Obadiah feared God - he was very devout. 4 Earlier, when Jezebel had tried to kill off all the prophets of God, Obadiah had hidden away a hundred of them in two caves, fifty in a cave, and then supplied them with food and water. 5 Ahab ordered Obadiah, "Go through the country; locate every spring and every stream. Let's see if we can find enough grass to keep our horses and mules from dying." 6 So they divided the country between them for the search - Ahab went one way, Obadiah the other. 7 Obadiah went his way and suddenly there he was - Elijah! Obadiah fell on his knees, bowing in reverence, and exclaimed, "Is it really you - my master Elijah?" 8 "Yes," said Elijah, "the real me. Now go and tell your boss, 'I've seen Elijah.'"
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