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His servants advised[a] him, “A young virgin must be found for our master, the king,[b] to take care of the king’s needs[c] and serve as his nurse. She can also sleep with you[d] and keep our master, the king, warm.”[e]

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  1. 1 Kings 1:2 tn Heb “said to.”
  2. 1 Kings 1:2 tn Heb “let them seek for my master, the king, a young girl, a virgin.” The third person plural subject of the verb is indefinite (see GKC 460 §144.f). The appositional expression, “a young girl, a virgin,” is idiomatic; the second term specifically defines the more general first term (see IBHS 230 §12.3b).
  3. 1 Kings 1:2 tn Heb “and she will stand before the king.” The Hebrew phrase “stand before” can mean “to attend; to serve” (BDB 764 s.v. עָמַד).
  4. 1 Kings 1:2 tn Heb “and she will lie down in your bosom.” The expression might imply sexual intimacy (see 2 Sam 12:3 [where the lamb symbolizes Bathsheba] and Mic 7:5), though v. 4b indicates that David did not actually have sex with the young woman.
  5. 1 Kings 1:2 tn Heb “and my master, the king, will be warm.”