Rizpah

Rizpah (Riz´puh)

The daughter of Aiah and concubine of Saul (2Sam 3:7). After Saul’s death Abner took her as a claim to the throne (1Kgs 2:22). An objection from Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, offered an excuse for Abner’s negotiations with David (2Sam 3:6-10). When God sent a famine because Saul had broken the oath with the Gibeonites (2Sam 21:1), David agreed to hand over seven sons of Saul for expiation. Two were the sons of Rizpah. Her devotion led to a long vigil over the bodies, keeping off the birds by day and the beasts by night, from the beginning of the barley harvest (April–May) until the rains came (October). Finally David’s attention was drawn to the matter (2Sam 21:1-11).

2Sam 3:7

7Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah daughter of Aiah. And Ishbaal said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?”

1Kgs 2:22

22King Solomon answered his mother, “And why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom as well! For he is my elder brother; ask no ... View more

2Sam 3:6-10

6While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.7Now Saul had a concubine whose name ... View more

2Sam 21:1

David Avenges the Gibeonites
1Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. The Lord said, “Ther ... View more

2Sam 21:1-11

David Avenges the Gibeonites
1Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. The Lord said, “Ther ... View more

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