coal; hot stone, the daughter of Aiah, and one of Saul's concubines. She was the mother of Armoni and Mephibosheth (2 Sam. 3:7; 21:8, 10, 11). It happened that a grievous famine, which lasted for three years, fell upon the land during the earlier half of David's reign at Jerusalem. This calamity was sent "for Saul and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites." David inquired of the Gibeonites what satisfaction they demanded, and was answered that nothing would compensate for the wrong Saul had done to them but the death of seven of Saul's sons. David accordingly delivered up to them the two sons of Rizpah and five of the sons of Merab (q.v.), Saul's eldest daughter, whom she bore to Adriel. These the Gibeonites put to death, and hung up their bodies before the Lord at the sanctuary at Gibeah. Rizpah thereupon took her place on the rock of Gibeah (q.v.), and for five months watched the suspended bodies of her children, to prevent them from being devoured by the beasts and birds of prey, till they were at length taken down and buried by David. Her marriage to Abner was the occasion of a quarrel between him and Ishbosheth, which led to Abner's going over to the side of David (2 Sam. 3:17-21).
rizpah, robed in dark blue, is seen in the act of fetching away their bodies, which are shrouded by dull lilac and blue draperies.
So when he writes his poem bemoaning Poland, he needs must head it "rizpah."
Kurt watched by the coffin, like rizpah by the bodies of her sons.
Two of them were the sons of rizpah whom she bore unto Saul, the king.
But it was told David what rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, had done.
rizpah deserved and received the splendid panegyric of Mr Swinburne.
In "rizpah," Tennyson has a beautiful use of lines 30 and 31.
Not even a rizpah left to brood over the scalpless forms, and to drive away the buzzard and the wild things of the forest!
Somebody indeed had to pay for all the lavish praise of rizpah, and it was the author of rizpah himself.
Like rizpah, like the mother of the Gracchi, mothers seem to feel themselves selected for their high office.