New International Version
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria,
King James Bible
And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.
Darby Bible Translation
And Elijah went to shew himself to Ahab. And the famine was severe in Samaria.
World English Bible
Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria.
Young's Literal Translation
and Elijah goeth to appear unto Ahab. And the famine is severe in Samaria,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
After many days - in the third year - We learn from our Lord, Luke 4:25, that the drought which brought on the famine in Israel lasted three years and six months. St. James, James 5:17, gives it the same duration. Probably Elijah spent six months at the brook Cherith, and three years with the widow at Sarepta.
I will send rain upon the earth - The word האדמה haadamah should be translated the ground or the land, as it is probable that this drought did not extend beyond the land of Judea.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
went to shew
To the Young '... I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth.--1 KINGS xviii.12. This Obadiah is one of the obscurer figures in the Old Testament. We never hear of him again, for there is no reason to accept the Jewish tradition which alleges that he was Obadiah the prophet. And yet how distinctly he stands out from the canvas, though he is only sketched with a few bold outlines! He is the 'governor over Ahab's house,' a kind of mayor of the palace, and probably the second man in the kingdom. But …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Obadiah; Or, Early Piety Eminent Piety
Of Prayer --A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. The Daily Benefits Derived from It.
1 Kings 18:1
After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: "Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land."
1 Kings 18:3
and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD.
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