“And Ahab called Obadiah which was the gouernour of his house: (now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly:”
1611 King James Version (KJV)
18:3 Obadiah - Being valued by Ahab for his great prudence andfidelity, and therefore indulged as to the worship of the calves andBaal. But how could he and some other Israelites be said tofear the Lord, when they did not go up to Jerusalem to worship, asGod had commanded? Although they seem not to be wholly excusable in thisneglect, yet because they worshipped God in spirit and truth, and performedall moral duties to God and their brethren, and abstained from idolatry,being kept from Jerusalem by violence, God bares with their infirmityherein.