ABISHAG (ăb'ĭ-shăg, Heb. ’ăvîshagh, the father wanders, or errs). A Shunamite woman who nursed David in his old age (1Kgs.1.3, 1Kgs.1.15). She reappears in the story (1Kgs.2.17ff.) when Adonijah, Solomon’s elder half-brother, asked permission to marry her. For this Solomon had Adonijah executed. It may help us to understand Solomon’s action when we consider that Absalom’s behavior (2Sam.16.20-2Sam.16.22) shows that the household women of a former king were used as pawns in registering a claim to the throne. This may have been Adonijah’s motive.