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Abishag

Meaning: father of (i.e., “given to”) error.

This was the name of a beautiful young woman of Shunem. She was chosen to minister to David in his old age, to attempt to nurse him to health and to keep him warm (1 Kings 1:3-4, 15). She appears to have become David’s closest attendant.

After David’s death Adonijah (his son) persuaded Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother (and David’s wife), to ask the king to give Abishag to marry. Solomon suspected in this request an aspiration to the throne, and realized that his brother was still a traitor plotting with Abiathar and Joab, and therefore Solomon ordered that he be put to death (1 Kings 2:17-25).

Author: Matthew G. Easton and Paul S. Taylor.

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