After many days, the word of the Lord came to Elias, in the third year, saying: Go, and shew thyself to Achab, that I may give rain upon the face of the earth.
And Elias went to shew himself to Achab, and there was a grievous famine in Samaria.
And Achab called Abdias the governor of his house: now Abdias feared the Lord very much.
For when Jezabel killed the prophets of the Lord, he took a hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty and fifty in caves, and fed them with bread and water.
And Achab said to Abdias: Go into the land unto all fountains of waters, and into all valleys, to see if we can find grass, and save the horses and mules, that the beasts may not utterly perish.
And they divided the countries between them, that they might go round about them: Achab went one way, and Abdias another way by himself.
And as Abdias was in the way, Elias met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said: Art thou my lord Elias?
And he answered: I am. Go, and tell thy master: Elias is here.