and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, who was in charge1 of his palace. (Obadiah was a devout believer2 in the LORD.
While Jezebel3 was killing off the LORD's prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden4 them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied5 them with food and water.)
Ahab had said to Obadiah, "Go through the land to all the springs6 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."76
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 recognized8 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.' "
"What have I done wrong," asked Obadiah, "that you are handing your servant over to Ahab to be put to death?
As surely as the LORD your God lives, there is not a nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to look9 for you. And whenever a nation or kingdom claimed you were not there, he made them swear they could not find you.
But now you tell me to go to my master and say, 'Elijah is here.'
I don't know where the Spirit10 of the LORD may carry you when I leave you. If I go and tell Ahab and he doesn't find you, he will kill me. Yet I your servant have worshiped the LORD since my youth.
Haven't you heard, my lord, what I did while Jezebel was killing the prophets of the LORD? I hid a hundred of the LORD's prophets in two caves, fifty in each, and supplied them with food and water.
And now you tell me to go to my master and say, 'Elijah is here.' He will kill me!"
Elijah said, "As the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present11 myself to Ahab today."