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[ oh-buh-dahy-uh ]
/ ˌoʊ bəˈdaɪ ə /


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/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˌəʊbəˈdaɪə) /

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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