And Ahab called Obadi'ah, who was over the household. (Now Obadi'ah revered the LORD greatly;
and when Jez'ebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, Obadi'ah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
And Ahab said to Obadi'ah, "Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys; perhaps we may find grass and save the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals."
So they divided the land between them to pass through it; Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadi'ah went in another direction by himself.
And as Obadi'ah was on the way, behold, Eli'jah met him; and Obadi'ah recognized him, and fell on his face, and said, "Is it you, my lord Eli'jah?"
And he answered him, "It is I. Go, tell your lord, 'Behold, Eli'jah is here.'"
And he said, "Wherein have I sinned, that you would give your servant into the hand of Ahab, to kill me?
As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom whither my lord has not sent to seek you; and when they would say, 'He is not here,' he would take an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you.
And now you say, 'Go, tell your lord, "Behold, Eli'jah is here."'
And as soon as I have gone from you, the Spirit of the LORD will carry you whither I know not; and so, when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have revered the LORD from my youth.
Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jez'ebel killed the prophets of the LORD, how I hid a hundred men of the LORD'S prophets by fifties in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
And now you say, 'Go, tell your lord, "Behold, Eli'jah is here"'; and he will kill me."
And Eli'jah said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today."
So Obadi'ah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Eli'jah.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)