Bible Names N-Z: Zimri
Zimri (king) in Wikipedia
Zimri or Zambri (Hebrew: זִמְרִי, Zimrī ; praiseworthy; Latin:
Zambri) was a king of Israel for seven days. William F.
Albright has dated his reign to 876 BCE, while E. R. Thiele
offers the date 885 BCE. His story is told in 1 Kings,
He was a commander who murdered king Elah at Tirzah, and
succeeded him as king. However, Zimri reigned only seven days,
because the army elected Omri as king, and with their support
laid siege to Tirzah. Finding his position untenable, Zimri
set fire to the palace and perished.
Omri became king only after four years of war with Tibni,
another claimant to the throne of Israel.
The name Zimri became a byword for a traitor who murdered his
master. When Jehu led a bloody military revolt to seize the
throne of Israel, killed both Jehoram king of Israel and
Ahaziah king of Judah, and entered the citadel of Jezreel to
execute Queen Jezebel, she greeted him with the words: "Is it
peace, Zimri, you murderer of your master?" (2 Kings 9:31). In
John Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel, the character of Zimri
stands for the Duke of Buckingham.
Zimri (prince) in Wikipedia
Zimri was the Prince of the Tribe of Simeon during the time of
the Israelites in the desert. At Shittim (Num. 25:6-15) he
took part in the Heresy of Peor, taking as a paramour a
Midianite woman, Cozbi. Zimri openly defied Moses before the
people who were standing at the entrance of the Tabernacle by
going in to the Midianite, but Phinehas, grandson of Aaron,
killed them both by impaling them on a spear.
The modern Phineas Priesthood believe the story of Phinehas
and Zimri provides divine mandate for the murder of race
traitors; although the previous rebuke of Miriam in Num. 12
for criticising Moses for marrying an Ethiopian woman
confounds this reading.
Zimri was also known as Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
It is also interesting to mention that according to The
Revelations of Saint Bridget, after his death, his soul was
condemned to hell (Book 7, Chapter 19).
Zimri in Easton's Bible Dictionary
praise-worthy. (1.) A son of Salu, slain by Phinehas, the son
Eleazar, because of his wickedness in bringing a
woman into his tent (Num. 25:6-15).
(2.) Murdered Elah at Tirzah, and succeeded him on the
of Israel (1 Kings 16:8-10). He reigned only seven
Omri, whom the army elected as king, laid siege to
whereupon Zimri set fire to the palace and perished
ruins (11-20). Omri succeeded to the throne only after
years of fierce war with Tibni, another claimant to
Zimri in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Numbers 25:8-14. Son of Salu, a chief of Simeon. When
Israel were being plagued for the impure worship of Baal
Peor, and were weeping and craving mercy before the
tabernacle, Zimri shamelessly brought a Midianitess, Cozbi
daughter of Zur, into the dome-shaped tent (qubbah, the al-
cove, or arched inner recess appropriated to the women, or
else a tent appropriated to Peor's vile worship) in sight of
Moses and the congregation. Phinehas gained his "everlasting
priesthood" by his zeal in thrusting both through, so that
the plague was stayed.
2. Fifth sovereign of northern Israel; originally
captain of half Elah's chariots; reigned only seven days,
after having slain Elah son of Baasha, (while drinking
himself drunk in the house of Arza, steward of his house in
Tirzah), and then all the house of Baasha, fulfilling the
prophet Jehu's words: 929, 930 B.C. (1 Kings 16:1-4; 1 Kings
16:8-13; 1 Kings 16:15-20.) But the army then besieging the
Philistine town Gibbethon proclaimed their captain Omri
king; he marched against Tirzah and took it. Then Zimri
burnt the palace over him and died. Thus treason punished
treason; the slayer is slain. As Baasha conspired against
Nadab, so Zimri against his son, and Omri against Zimri
(Revelation 13:10; Matthew 26:52).
3. One of Zerah's five sons (1 Chronicles 2:6).
4. Jehoadah's son; sprung from Saul (1 Chronicles
8:36; 1 Chronicles 9:42).
5. A tribe of "the sons of the East" (Jeremiah
25:25); some identify them with the Zubra between Mecca and
Medina (Genesis 25:2).
Zimri in Naves Topical Bible
-1. A chief of Simeon
-2. King of Israel
1Ki 16:9-20; 2Ki 9:31
-3. Son of Zerah
-4. A Benjamite
1Ch 8:36; 9:42
-5. An unknown place
Zimri in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. The son of Salu, a Simeonite chieftain, slain by Phinehas
with the Midianitish princess Cozbi. Nu 25:14. (B.C. 1450.)
2. Fifth sovereign of the separate kingdom of Israel,
of which he occupied the throne for the brief period of seven
days, B.C. 930 or 929. Originally in command of half the
chariots in the royal army, he gained the crown by the murder
of King Elah; son of Baasha. But the army made their general,
Omri, king, who marched against Tirzah, where Zimri was. Zimri
retreated into the innermost part of the late king's palace,
set it on fire, and perished in the ruins. 1Ki 16:9-20
3. One of the five sons of Zerah the son of Judah. 1Ch
2:6 (B.C. after 1706.)
4. Son of Jehoadah and descendant of Saul. 1Ch 8:36;
5. An obscure name, mentioned Jer 25:25 in probable
connection with Dedan, Tema, Buz, Arabia, the "mingled
people." Nothing further is known respecting Zimri, but the
name may possibly be the same as, or derived from, ZIMRAN,
Zimri in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
zim'-ri (zimri, "wild sheep" or "wild goat"; in 1 Maccabees,
with the King James Version, has Zambri; Codex Sinaiticus has
(1) A Simeonite prince (Nu 25:14; 1 Macc 2:26), slain by
Phinehas, Aaron's grandson. Nu 25:1-5 records how the
Israelites, while they were at Shittim, began to consort with
Moabite women and "they (i.e. the Moabite women) called the
people unto the sacrifices of their gods" (25:2), i.e. as
explained by 25:5 to take part in the immoral rites of the god
Baal-peor. Moses is bidden to have the offenders punished. The
next paragraph (25:6-9) relates how the people engage in
public mourning; but while they do this Zimri brings in among
his brethren a Midianitess. Phinehas sees this and goes after
Zimri into the qubbah, where he slays the two together, and
thus the plague is stayed (25:6-9)...
Zimri Scripture - 1 Kings 16:16
And the people [that were] encamped heard say, Zimri hath
conspired, and hath also slain the king: wherefore all Israel
made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day
in the camp.
Zimri Scripture - 1 Kings 16:18
And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken,
that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt
the king's house over him with fire, and died,
Zimri Scripture - Jeremiah 25:25
And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all
the kings of the Medes,
If you notice a broken link or any error PLEASE report it by clicking HERE
© 1995-2016 Bible History Online