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Meaning: servant of the Lord

This was the name of ten Biblical men.

  1. Meaning, an Israelite who was chief in the household of King Ahab (1 Kings 18:3)—Amid great spiritual degeneracy he maintained his fidelity to God, and interposed to protect The Lord's prophets, an hundred of whom he hid at great personal risk in a cave (4, 13). Ahab seems to have held Obadiah in great honor, although he had no sympathy with his piety (5-7). The last notice of him is his bringing back tidings to Ahab that Elijah, whom he had so long sought for, was at hand (9-16). “Go,” said Elijah to him, when he met him in the way, “go tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.”

  2. A chief of the tribe of Issachar (1 Chr. 7:3).

  3. A descendant of Saul (1 Chr. 8:38).

  4. A Levite, after the Captivity (1 Chr. 9:16).

  5. A Gadite who joined David at Ziklag (1 Chr. 12:9).

  6. A prince of Zebulun in the time of David (1 Chr. 27:19).

  7. One of the princes sent by Jehoshaphat to instruct the people in the law (2 Chr. 17:7).

  8. A Levite who superintended the repairs of the temple under Josiah (2 Chr. 34:12).

  9. One who accompanied Ezra on the return from Babylon (Ezra 8:9).

  10. A prophet, fourth of the minor prophets in the Hebrew canon, and fifth in the LXX. He was probably contemporary with Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Of his personal history nothing is known.