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Now King David was old and advanced in years. And although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm. Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman be sought for my lord the king, and let her wait on the king and be in his service. Let her lie in your arms, that my lord the king may be warm.” So they sought for a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not.
(1 Kings 1:1-4) ESV 

So Bathsheba went to the king in his chamber (now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was attending to the king). 16 Bathsheba bowed and paid homage to the king, and the king said, “What do you desire?” 17She said to him, “My lord, you swore to your servant by the LORD your God, saying, ‘Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.’
(1 Kings 1:15-17)

13 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, “Do you come peacefully?” He said, “Peacefully.” 14 Then he said, “I have something to say to you.” She said, “Speak.” 15 He said, “You know that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel fully expected me to reign. However, the kingdom has turned about and become my brother's, for it was his from the LORD. 16 And now I have one request to make of you; do not refuse me.” She said to him, “Speak.” 17 And he said, “Please ask King Solomon—he will not refuse you—to give meAbishag the Shunammite as my wife.” 18 Bathsheba said, “Very well; I will speak for you to the king.”
(1 Kings 2:13-18)

 19 So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her and bowed down to her. Then he sat on his throne and had a seat brought for the king's mother, and she sat on his right.20 Then she said, “I have one small request to make of you; do not refuse me.” And the king said to her, “Make your request, my mother, for I will not refuse you.” 21 She said, “Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as his wife.” 22 King Solomon answered his mother, “And why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also, for he is my older brother, and on his side are Abiathar[f] the priest and Joab the son of Zeruiah.” 23 Then King Solomon swore by the LORD, saying, “God do so to me and more also if this word does not cost Adonijah his life! 24 Now therefore as the LORD lives, who has established me and placed me on the throne of David my father, and who has made me a house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death today.” 25So King Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he struck him down, and he died.
(1 Kings 2:19-25)1

Story of Abishag

Ab'-i-shag, a-bi'-shag ('abhishagh, apparently, "father of wandering," that is, "cause of wandering," or "my father wanders"): The Shunammite woman who became nurse to King David (1 Kings 1-4, 151 Kings 2:17, 21, 22). She was chosen for the service with great care on account of her youth and beauty and physical vigor. She ministered to the king, that is, waited on him as personal attendant and nurse. She also "cherished" him in his feebleness-gave to him through physical contact the advantage of her superabundant vitality. This was a mode of medical treatment recommended by the servants of the king, and it appears to have been not wholly unsuccessful. She had an intimate knowledge of the condition of David, and was present at the interview of Bathsheba with David which resulted in the placing of Solomon on the throne. If that act had been questioned she would have been a most important witness. By reason of this and of her personal charms, she might become a strong helper to any rival of Solomon who should intrigue to supplant him. Adonijah sought Abishag in marriage. On the basis of this and of such other evidence as may supposably have been in his possession, Solomon put Adonijah to death as an intriguer.3
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Abishag and the Bible

When King David had grown old and his blood circulation wasn't what it used to be, he suffered from being cold. His servants searched about the land for someone to keep him warm. They finally decided upon Abishag, a beautiful young woman from Shunem, in the land of Issachar, north of Jez-reel and Mount Gilboa. She was brought to the seventy-year-old monarch as a companion. In 1 Kings 1:4, it states “…the king knew her not,” which is biblical language for he didn't have sexual relations with her. However, she was considered his concubine, and slept against his bosom each night. Those close to the king believed that her body lying next to his would serve a twofold purpose: keep the old man warm, and possibly revive his vitality and restore his powers. Abishag soon saw royal maneuverings that would leave one prince dead, and the other on the throne even while the king lived.

The young woman learned how to care for David and served as the frail ruler's nurse, becoming his closest attendant. She was considered his property, and by rule of law during that time, would be inherited by David's heir upon his death.

At the time Abishag was brought into King David's home to care for him, David's son Adonijah began to covet the throne for himself. His two older brothers, Amnon and Absalom, were dead. He reasoned that he had a right to be king; moreover, he desired to lay claim to the throne as soon as possible. However, David and the Lord favored Solomon, Adonijah's younger brother, as the next leader of the Hebrew people. Still, Adonijah proclaimed: “I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him” (1 Kings 1:5).

The powerful men that were associates of King David didn't support Adonijah's attempt to usurp the throne. the prophet Nathan was one of them. He went before Bathsheba, mother of Solomon, whom David had promised would succeed him. Nathan told Bathseheba of Adonijah's attempt, and beseeched her to go before the aging king and remind him of his promise that Solomon would ascend to the throne next.

One day, while Abishag was ministering to the king, Bathsheba entered and bowed before David. Bathsheba explained that Adonijah was trying to establish himself as king without David's knowledge. David called for the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, and Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, and told them to get Solomon on the king's mule and take him to Gihon, where Nathan would anoint him king over Israel. After that, Solomon would sit on David's throne as king, even though David was still alive.

Adonijah had been outwitted and humiliated. Solomon could have ordered Adonijah's death, but didn't. Instead, Solomon offered him a conditional pardon. After David died and Solomon began sole rule of Israel, Adonijah went to Bathsheba. He begged Bathsheba to ask Solomon for permission for him to marry Abishag.

Bathsheba carried Adonijah's request to Solomon. The king, however, suspected that Adonijah had ulterior motives. It was inappropriate for an ancient Hebrew king's subject (even if the petitioner was one of the king's relatives) to ask the monarch to give him a personal possession such as a royal wife or concubine. Often, it was seen as a manoeuvre to seize the throne. Thus, Solomon had Adonijah killed to keep him from destabilizing his rule or attempting an overthrow (1 Kings 2:17–25).

Though desired by Adonijah, son of Saul and Haggith, Abishag did not marry the prince. There is little information about what happened to her after Solomon had his brother killed. She most likely remained within the royal household, aligned with Solomon and Bathsheba.2


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Definition of Abishag

A young woman of Shunem, distinguished for her beauty. She was chosen to minister to David in his old age. She became his wife (1 Kings 1:3, 4, 15). After David's death Adonijah persuaded Bathsheba, Solomon's mother, to entreat the king to permit him to marry Abishag. Solomon suspected in this request an aspiration to the throne, and therefore caused him to be put to death (1 Kings 2:17-25).4  




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