a Minor Prophet.
a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Obad.

Also Douay Bible, Ab·di·as [ab-dahy-uh s] /æbˈdaɪ əs/.
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Historical Examples of obadiah

  • Tell the story of Elijah's conversation with the timid Obadiah.

    Heroes of Israel

    Theodore Gerald Soares

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


    Frederick Marryat

  • At breakfast, Serena served Obadiah efficiently; but her attitude was hostile.

  • Nathaniel waited to hear no more, but sped toward the breach in the forest that marked the beginning of the path to Obadiah's.

    The Courage of Captain Plum

    James Oliver Curwood

  • As Submit released her and she rushed away, Obadiah followed her.

British Dictionary definitions for obadiah


noun Old Testament

a Hebrew prophet
the book containing his oracles, chiefly directed against Edom
Douay spelling: Abdias (æbˈdaɪəs)
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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."

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