And AhabcalledObadiah,a which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiahfeared the LORDgreatly:4
For it was so, when Jezebelb cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiahtook an hundredprophets, and hid them by fiftyin a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
And Ahabsaid unto Obadiah,Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks:peradventure we may findgrass to save the horses and mulesalive , that we lose not all the beasts.6
So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahabwentoneway by himself, and Obadiahwentanotherway by himself.
And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijahmet him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said , Art thou that my lordElijah?8
And he answered him, I am: go , tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
And he said , What have I sinned , that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
As the LORD thy Godliveth, there is nonation or kingdom,whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said , He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.
And now thou sayest , Go , tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tellAhab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servantfear the LORD from my youth.13
Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebelslew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundredmen of the LORD'Sprophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?14
And now thou sayest , Go , tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.
And Elijahsaid , As the LORD of hostsliveth,before whom I stand , I will surely shew myself unto him to day.16
So Obadiahwent to meetAhab, and told him: and Ahabwent to meetElijah.