3AhabcalledObadiah1who was over the household. (Now Obadiaha2feared the LORDgreatly;
for 3when Jezebelbdestroyed the prophets of the LORD, Obadiahtook a hundredprophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and 4provided them with bread and water.)
Then Ahabsaid to Obadiah, "Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys; perhaps we will findgrass and keep the horses and mulesalive, and not chave to killsome of the cattle."
So they divided the land between them to dsurvey it; Ahabwentoneway by himself and Obadiahwentanotherway by himself.
Now as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijahemet him, 5and he recognized him and fell on his face and said, "Is this you, Elijah my master?"
He said to him, "It is I. Go, say to your master, 'Behold, Elijah is here."'
He said, "Whatfsin have I committed, that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab to put me to death?
"6As the LORD your Godlives, there is nonation or kingdomwhere my master has not sent to search for you; and when they said, 'He is not here,' he made the kingdom or nationswear that they could not find you.
"And now you are saying, 'Go, say to your master, "Behold, Elijah is here."'
"It will come about when I leave you 7that the Spirit of the LORD will carry you where I do not know; so when I come and tellAhab and he cannotfind you, he will kill me, although I your servant have gfeared the LORD from my youth.
"8Has it not been told to my masterwhat I did when Jezebelkilled the prophets of the LORD, that I hidha hundredprophets of the LORD by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water?
"And now you are saying, 'Go, say to your master, "Behold, Elijah is here"'; he will then kill me."
15Elijahsaid, "9As the LORD of hostslives, beforewhom I stand, I will surelyshow myself to him today."
So Obadiahwent to meetAhab and told him; and Ahabwent to meetElijah.