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When David was old and sick, the nurse chosen to be with him constantly was Abishag. One of her duties was to lie with him in bed to give him warmth. Although she was not a concubine, some people apparently thought she was (1 Kings 1:1-4). After David’s death, his son Adonijah asked the new king Solomon for Abishag as a wife. Since a new king inherited the concubines of the former king (cf. 2 Samuel 3:7-10; 2 Samuel 12:7-8; 2 Samuel 16:22), Solomon considered Adonijah’s request to be an attempt to gain David’s throne. He therefore executed Adonijah for treason (1 Kings 2:13-25).

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Abishag'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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