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Rizpah

RIZPAH (rĭz'pa, Heb. ritspâh, hot stone). A daughter of Aiah, a Horite (1Chr.1.40, called Ajah in Gen.36.24). Saul took her as a concubine (2Sam.3.7). Ish-Bosheth, a son of Saul, accused Abner, a cousin, of committing incest with her (2Sam.3.7). The accusation enraged Abner, who transferred his allegiance from Saul to David (2Sam.3.8-2Sam.3.21). In his zeal to establish Israel, Saul had killed a host of Gibeonites, and as a result a serious famine had come to Israel. On consulting Gibeonites about restitution for the evil, David learned that only the death of Saul’s sons would atone. Among those turned over to Gibeon were two sons by Rizpah (2Sam.21.1-2Sam.21.8). Because of Rizpah’s devotion to her sons, David had the bones of her sons and those of Saul and Jonathan buried in the tomb of Saul’s father, Kish (2Sam.21.14).