After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year of the drought, a saying, "Go, present yourself to Ahab; I will send rain on the earth."
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria.
Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Now Obadiah revered the Lord greatly;
when Jezebel was killing off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets, hid them fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water.)
Then Ahab said to Obadiah, "Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the wadis; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals."
So they divided the land between them to pass through it; Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another direction by himself.
As Obadiah was on the way, Elijah met him; Obadiah recognized him, fell on his face, and said, "Is it you, my lord Elijah?"
He answered him, "It is I. Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here."
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