King David grew old and sickly and suffered from chills that couldn’t be warmed by merely piling on blankets. His physicians prescribed a treatment that to us sounds strange, but was an accepted medical practice at the time.
The doctors said to find a young virgin to care for the king and to lie in bed with him to keep him warm. The belief at the time was that the vitality and warmth of the youth would pass on to the elderly.
1 Kings 1:3 says that they searched throughout all the territory of Israel to find the right woman.
The beautiful Abishag from the city of Shunem was chosen for the job.
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