Abishag


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Abishag

(ăb`əshăg), in the Bible, Shunammite woman, David's attendant in his old age and the indirect cause of Adonijah's murder.
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Their topics include alternative images of God in the global economy, out of place with Jesus-Christ, the integration and disintegration of Tamils in London diaspora, and Abishag the Shunammite as sokenet in 1 Kings 1:1-4.
The witch that came (the withered hag), To wash the steps with pail and rag, Was once the beauty Abishag, The picture pride of Hollywood.
He also omits David's broken health in his last days, how he had to be warmed by the beautiful young maiden Abishag, and his vengeful death-bed charge to his son Solomon (I Kg.
He is so unable to keep warm that his servants decide to provide him with a beautiful female, Abishag, to remedy the situation, but David is unwilling or unable to consummate his relationship with her.
Thus she becomes the Shulamite of the Song of Songs (sometimes identified with Abishag, old King David's young concubine):
Moses was celebrated for his unabated vigor until the day of his death (Deut 34:7), whereas David's impotence, demonstrated by his sleeping with his live hot-water bottle Abishag but never knowing her, signals the decline of the aging king (1 Kgs 1:1-4).
Yet Shatal, now in his eighties, still writes, with something of a twinkle in his eyes, of love and lust: Every King David, he notes, must have his Abishag, even if only to dream about and admire.