After a long time, in the third1 year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: "Go and present2 yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain3 on the land."
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe4 in Samaria,
and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, who was in charge5 of his palace. (Obadiah was a devout believer6 in the LORD.
While Jezebel7 was killing off the LORD's prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden8 them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied9 them with food and water.)
Ahab had said to Obadiah, "Go through the land to all the springs10 and valleys. Maybe we can find some grass to keep the horses and mules alive so we will not have to kill any of our animals."116
So they divided the land they were to cover, Ahab going in one direction and Obadiah in another.
As Obadiah was walking along, Elijah met him. Obadiah recognized12 him, bowed down to the ground, and said, "Is it really you, my lord Elijah?"
"Yes," he replied. "Go tell your master, 'Elijah is here.' "