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1 Kings 18:1-6

Elijah Meets the King’s Servant

18:1 Some time later, in the third year of the famine, the Lord told Elijah, 1  “Go, make an appearance before Ahab, so I may send rain on the surface of the ground.” 18:2 So Elijah went to make an appearance before Ahab.

Now the famine was severe in Samaria. 2  18:3 So Ahab summoned Obadiah, who supervised the palace. (Now Obadiah was a very loyal follower of the Lord. 3  18:4 When Jezebel was killing 4  the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah took one hundred prophets and hid them in two caves in two groups of fifty. He also brought them food and water.) 18:5 Ahab told Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs and valleys. Maybe we can find some grazing areas 5  so we can keep the horses and mules alive and not have to kill 6  some of the animals.” 18:6 They divided up the land between them; Ahab went 7  one way and Obadiah went the other.

1 tn Heb “the word of the Lord came to Elijah.”

2 map For location see Map2 B1; Map4 D3; Map5 E2; Map6 A4; Map7 C1.

3 tn Heb “now Obadiah greatly feared the Lord.” “Fear” refers here to obedience and allegiance, the products of healthy respect for the Lord’s authority.

4 tn Heb “cutting off.”

5 tn Heb “grass.”

6 tn Heb “to cut off.”

7 tn The Hebrew text has “alone” here and again in reference to Obadiah toward the end of the verse.

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