OBADIAH is a name of a type common among the Semitic peoples; It occurs frequently in the OT, for the most part as the name of persons of whom little or nothing is known. It has also been found on an ancient Hebrew seal. For the meaning of the name, 'servant of Jahweh,' see art. Servant of the Lord,
Wherefore Ahab called Obadiah the governor of his house - which Obadiah feared God greatly, insomuch that when Jezebel destroyed the Prophets of the LORD, he took a hundred of the Prophets and hid them, fifty in one cave and fifty in another, and provided bread and water for them. read more. And Ahab said unto Obadiah, "Walk through the land, unto all fountains of water and unto all brooks, to see whether any grass may be found that we may save the horses and the mules, that we destroy not the beasts." And they divided the land between them to walk through it. Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another by himself. And it chanced, as Obadiah went in the way, that Elijah met him. And Obadiah knew him and fell on his face and said, "Art not thou my lord Elijah?" And he said unto him, "I am he. Go and tell Ahab that Elijah is here." And the other answered, "What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver me unto the hand of Ahab, to slay me? As surely as the LORD thy God liveth there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent, to seek thee. And when they said thou wast not there, he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, because he found thee not. And now thou sayest, 'Go and tell thy Lord Elijah is here.' And as soon as I am gone from thee, the spirit of the LORD shall carry thee away, whither I shall not know: and then when I have gone and told Ahab, and then he can not find thee, he shall slay me. And yet I thy servant have feared the LORD from my young age. Was it not told my lord what I did, when Jezebel slew the Prophets of the LORD? How I hid a hundred of the LORD's Prophets, fifty in one cave and as many in another, and provided them of bread and water? And yet now thou sayest, "Go show thy lord that Elijah is here, that he should slay me." Then Elijah said, "As truly as the LORD of Hosts liveth, before whom I stand: I will show myself unto him this day." And thereupon Obadiah went to Ahab and told him. And Ahab went against Elijah.
The sons of Hananiah: Pelatiah and Jeshaiah, whose son was Rephaiah, and his son Arnan, and his son was Obadiah, and his son was Shecaniah.
The sons of Uzzi: Izrahiah. The sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah Joel, Isshiah, five head men in all.
And Azel had six sons whose names are these: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel.
Obadiah the son of Shemaiah the son of Galal the son of Jeduthun. And Berechiah the son of Asa the son of Elkanah that dwelt in the villages of the Netophathites.
Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,
In Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah. In Naphtali, Jerimoth the son of Azriel.
Of the children of Joab, Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen men.
Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,
And Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, which was the principal to begin the thanksgiving unto prayer. And Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.