Ach'av called `Ovadyah, who was over the household. (Now `Ovadyah feared the LORD greatly:
for it was so, when Izevel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that `Ovadyah took one hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
Ach'av said to `Ovadyah, Go through the land, to all the springs of water, and to all the brooks: peradventure we may find grass and save the horses and mules alive, that we not lose all the animals.
So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ach'av went one way by himself, and `Ovadyah went another way by himself.
As `Ovadyah was in the way, behold, Eliyah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Is it you, my lord Eliyah?
He answered him, It is I: go, tell your lord, Behold, Eliyah [is here].
He said, Wherein have I sinned, that you would deliver your servant into the hand of Ach'av, to kill me?
As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, where my lord has not sent to seek you: and when they said, He is not here, he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they didn't find you.
Now you say, Go, tell your lord, Behold, Eliyah [is here].
It will happen, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Spirit of the LORD will carry you I don't know where; and so when I come and tell Ach'av, and he can't find you, he will kill me: but I your servant fear the LORD from my youth.
Wasn't it told my lord what I did when Izevel killed the prophets of the LORD, how I hid one hundred men of the LORD's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
Now you say, Go, tell your lord, Behold, Eliyah [is here]; and he will kill me.
Eliyah said, As the LORD of Hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.
So `Ovadyah went to meet Ach'av, and told him; and Ach'av went to meet Eliyah.