And Ahab had called for Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared Yahweh greatly; Bible

“over the household.” Obadiah was the palace administrator. The word “house” was often used in more contexts in the biblical culture than it is today. The “house” of God was the Temple, the “house” of the king was the palace, and so the “household” was the palace and all the goings on there.

Commentary for: 1 Kings 18:3