What happened to Abishag after King David died?


1 Kings 1:3

NIV - 3 Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful young woman and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Abishag was the Shunammite maiden who was chosen to lie with King David to keep him warm in his old age (although the Bible specifically says that David did not have sexual relations with her)(1 Kings 1:1-4).

As far as I am aware, the last definite reference to Abishag is in 1 Kings 2:13-25. Solomon regarded his older half-brother Adonijah's request after David's death that Abishag be given as a wife to him (Adonijah) as being part of a conspiracy that was punishable by death (especially since Adonijah had already attempted to usurp the throne from Solomon even before David's death (1 Kings 1:5-10), despite David's (and God's) specific direction that Solomon was to succeed David as king (2 Samuel 7:12; 1 Kings 1:15-2:48).

I would therefore say that it would be warranted to conjecture that Abishag remained in Solomon's household (since that evidently supported his right to succeed David as king). Some commentators also associate her with the beloved woman (described as a Shulammite) whom Solomon addresses in Song of Solomon (Song of Solomon 6:13), so she may have become one of Solomon's numerous wives and concubines (1 Kings 11:3), although (to my knowledge) the Bible is not definite on that point.

June 09 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

1340324413 Chris Eleam Chris Eleam
nurse and companion of the king during his final days.—1Ki 1:1-4.
David was now about 70 years of age (2Sa 5:4, 5), and as a result of debilitation he had little body heat. Abishag waited on him during the day, doubtless brightening the surroundings with her youthful freshness and beauty, and at night she ‘lay in the king’s bosom’ to give him warmth, but “the king himself had no intercourse with her.” Nevertheless, the attitude later manifested by Solomon regarding her indicates that Abishag was viewed as being in the position of wife or concubine of David. As such, by a rule in the ancient East, she would become the property of David’s heir at the time of his death.

The account concerning Abishag directly precedes the account of the attempt at gaining the crown by the one who was probably David’s oldest surviving son, Adonijah, and would seem to be so placed to give understanding to Adonijah’s subsequent action during Solomon’s reign. Solomon, after ascending the throne, had placed Adonijah on conditional pardon. Now Adonijah persuaded Solomon’s mother, Bath-sheba, to ask Solomon to give him Abishag as his wife. Solomon, convinced that Adonijah’s request was not due alone to Abishag’s beauty but, rather, indicated a subtle effort to strengthen Adonijah’s claim to the throne, reacted angrily, revoked Adonijah’s pardon, and ordered his death. (1Ki 2:13-25) No further mention is made of Abishag, but it is probable that she continued as one of Solomon’s wives or concubines.

June 17 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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