Also Douay Bible, Ab·di·as [ab-dahy-uh s] /æbˈdaɪ əs/.
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  1. Bible the Douay form of Obadiah


noun Old Testament
  1. a Hebrew prophet
  2. the book containing his oracles, chiefly directed against Edom
Douay spelling: Abdias (æbˈdaɪəs)
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Word Origin and History for abdias


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."

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