(O·ba·diʹah) [servant of Jah].
1. A family head in the tribe of Issachar; son of Izrahiah and descendant of Tola.—1 Chron. 7:1-3.
4. The household steward of King Ahab. Even though King Ahab and Jezebel practiced wickedness, Obadiah greatly feared Jehovah, hiding one hundred prophets of Jehovah “by fifties in a cave” when Jezebel had ordered them all slaughtered. During the divinely imposed drought foretold by Elijah, Obadiah’s master Ahab divided certain territory with him and each was searching for grass to feed the livestock, when Elijah met up with Obadiah. Elijah had not been seen by Ahab during the drought, a period of some three years. Upon being told to inform Ahab that Elijah had returned, Obadiah, out of great fear, hesitated to go until given assurance that the prophet would not leave, for Ahab would surely kill his servant if this report proved false.—1 Ki. 18:1-16.
8. A prophet of Jehovah and writer of the fourth of the so-called “minor” prophetical books. (Obad. 1) Nothing personal is known of this prophet of the seventh century B.C.E.—See OBADIAH, BOOK OF.
13. A Levitical gatekeeper in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra. (Neh. 12:25, 26) Possibly the same as No. 9.