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[oh-buh-dahy-uh] /ˌoʊ bəˈdaɪ ə/
a Minor Prophet.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Obad. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • “I warned you that he was coming,” Obadiah continued, impressively.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • If Obadiah is shorter than three to one, he'll run for the purse alone.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • "Neil is out there waiting for me in a small boat," he continued, pointing beyond Obadiah's to the lake.

    The Courage of Captain Plum James Oliver Curwood
  • And you say that letter was signed by a man named Obadiah Jones?

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • He made his request for a copy of the war record of Obadiah Strout, of the —th Mass.

  • Obadiah Coble shrugged up his shoulders, as he took an extra quid.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • And he was sure that Obadiah's night visitor—the girl with the lilacs—was playing a vital part in it.

    The Courage of Captain Plum James Oliver Curwood
  • I said as how it would be,” said Obadiah Coble—“that dog is no dog, as sure as I sit here.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Obadiah turned towards the clock as if to place the blame for any misstatements of time upon that 315 instrument.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • Obadiah at once produced his pocket-handkerchief and began to fold it.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for Obadiah


noun (Old Testament)
a Hebrew prophet
the book containing his oracles, chiefly directed against Edom
Douay spelling Abdias (æbˈdaɪəs)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Obadiah

masc. proper name, fourth of the Twelve Prophets of the Old Testament, from Hebrew Obhadyah, literally "servant of the Lord," from abhadh "he served, worshipped," related to Arabic 'abada "he served," 'abd "slave, worshipper."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Obadiah in the Bible

servant of the Lord. (1.) 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 honour, although he had no sympathy with his piety (5, 6, 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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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