Shimei in Easton's Bible Dictionary
famous. (1.) A son of Gershon, and grandson of Levi (Num.
1 Chr. 6:17, 29); called Shimi in Ex. 6:17.
(2.) A Benjamite of the house of Saul, who stoned
David when he reached Bahurim in his flight from
the occasion of the rebellion of Absalom (2 Sam.
the defeat of Absalom he "came cringing to the king,
suing for pardon, bringing with him a thousand of
tribesmen, and representing that he was heartily
sorry for his
crime, and had hurried the first of all the house of
offer homage to the king" (19:16-23). David forgave
him; but on
his death-bed he gave Solomon special instructions
Shimei, of whose fidelity he seems to have been in
Kings 2:8,9). He was put to death at the command of
because he had violated his word by leaving
Jerusalem and going
to Gath to recover two of his servants who had
(3.) One of David's mighty men who refused to
Adonijah as David's successor (1 Kings 1:8). He is
same person who is called elsewhere (4:18) "the son
(4.) A son of Pedaiah, the brother of Zerubbabel (1
(5.) A Simeonite (1 Chr. 4:26, 27).
(6.) A Reubenite (1 Chr. 5:4).
(7.) A Levite of the family of Gershon (1 Chr.
(8.) A Ramathite who was "over the vineyards" of
David (1 Chr.
(9.) One of the sons of Heman, who assisted in the
purification of the temple (2 Chr. 29:14).
(10.) A Levite (2 Chr. 31:12, 13).
(11.) Another Levite (Ezra 10:23). "The family of
(Zech. 12:13; R.V., "the family of the Shimeites")
descendants of Shimei (1).
Shimei in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Son of Gershom, son of Levi (1 Chronicles 23:7; 1
Chronicles 23:9-10; 1 Chronicles 6:17; 1 Chronicles 6:29;
Numbers 3:18; Zechariah 12:13). (See SHELOMITH (5).) SHIMI
in Exodus 6:17.
2. Son of Gera, a Benjamite, of Saul's house; at
Bahurim, a marked spot on the way from the Jordan valley to
Jerusalem, just within Benjamin; to this point Phaltiel
followed Michal (2 Samuel 3:16). When David, fleeing from
Absalom, reached the edge of the valley, between the road
and Shimei's house, Shimei ran along the ridge over against
the road, cursing and throwing stones and dust at him and
his mighty men still as he went; and saying, "Come out, come
out, thou bloody man and thou man of Belial the Lord hath
returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul
(referring to his hanging up Saul's sons for the Gibeonites,
2 Samuel 21, which in time preceded this; also to his
general engagement in wars, 1 Chronicles 22:8), and the Lord
hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son,
and behold thou art taken in thy mischief because thou art a
bloody man" (2 Samuel 16:5-13). Abishai would have "taken
off his head" then and there, as a "dead dog" presuming to
"curse the king."
But David felt it was Jehovah's doing: "let him
curse, for the Lord hath bidden him; it may be that the Lord
will look on shine affliction, and requite me good for his
cursing." An undesigned coincidence between David's language
in the history and in the independent psalms, a mark of
genuineness (Psalm 109:17; Psalm 109:28, "let them curse,
but bless Thou"; Psalm 25:18, "look upon mine affliction,"
etc.). Shimei wisely was the "first of the house of Joseph"
to meet David on his victorious return over Jordan (compare
spiritually our wisdom, Luke 14:32). A thousand Benjamites,
and Ziba with his 15 sons and 20 servants, were with him. He
fell down before the king, confessing his sin and begging
David not to "impute iniquity" to him, or remember and take
to heart his perversity; spiritually compare Matthew 5:25;
Psalm 32:1-6. Again Abishai would have slain Shimei, but
David felt his day of restoration to the kingdom was no day
for avenging wrongs, and said "thou shalt not die." ...
Shimei in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Shimei in Naves Topical Bible
-1. Also called SHIMI
Son of Gershon
Ex 6:17; Nu 3:18; 1Ch 6:17; 23:7,10
-2. A Benjamite
Curses David; David's magnanimity toward
2Sa 16:5-13; 19:16; 23; with 1Ki 2:36-46
-3. An officer of David
-4. One of Solomon's commissary officers
-5. Grandson of Jeconiah
-6. Son of Zacchur
-7. A Reubenite
Son of Gog
-8. A Merarite
Son of Libni
-9. A Gershonite
Son of Jahath
-10. Father of a family in the tribe of Benjamin, (in the A.
V., called SHIMHI)
-11. A Levite
-12. A leader of singers during the time of David
-13. David's overseer of vineyards
-14. A son of Heman
-15. A Levite
Treasurer of tithes and offerings during the time of
-16. A Levite who put away (divorced) his Gentile wife
-17. The name of two Israelites who put away (divorced)
-18. A Benjamite
Grandfather of Mordecai
-19. The ancestor of a family
Possibly identical with number one
Shimei in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. Son of Gershon the son of Levi, Nu 3:18; 1Ch
6:17,29; 23:7,9,10; Zec 12:13 called SHIMI in
Ex 6:17 (B.C. after 1706.)
2. Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of the house
of Saul, who lived at Bahurim. (B.C. 1023.) When David and
his suite were seen descending the long defile, on his
flight from Absolom, 2Sa 16:5-13 the whole feeling of the
clan of Benjamin burst forth without restraint in the person
of Shimei. He ran along the ridge, cursing and throwing
stones at the king and is companions. The next meeting was
very different. The king was now returning from his
successful campaign. Just as he was crossing the Jordan, 2Sa
19:18 the first person to welcome him was Shimei who threw
himself at David's feet in abject penitence. But the king's
suspicions were not set at rest by this submission; and on
his death-bed he recalls the whole scene to the recollection
of his son Solomon. Solomon gave Shimei notice that from
henceforth he must consider himself confined to the walls of
Jerusalem, on pain of death. 1Ki 3:36,37 For three years the
engagement was kept. At the end of that time for the purpose
of capturing two slaves who had escaped to Gath, he went out
on his ass, and made his journey successfully. Ibid. 1Ki
2:40 On his return the king took him at his word, and he was
slain by Benaiah. Ibid. 1Ki 2:41-46
3. One of the adherents of Solomon at the time of
Adonjah's usurpation. 1Ki 1:8 (B.C.1015.)
4. Solomon's commissariat officer in Benjamin. 1Ki
5. Son of Pedaiah, and brother of Zerubbabel. 1Ch
3:19 (B.C. 536.)
6. A Simeonite, son of Zacchur. 1Ch 4:26,27
7. Son of Gog, a Reubenite. 1Ch 5:4
8. A Gershonite Levite, son of Jahath. 1Ch 6:42
9. Son of Jeduthun, and chief of the tenth division
of the singers. 1Ch 25:17
10. The Ramathite who was over David's vineyards.
11. A Levite of the sons of Heman, who took part in
the purification of the temple under Zedekiah. 2Ch 29:14
12. The brother of Cononiah the Levite, in the reign
of Hezekiah. 2Ch 31:12,13 Perhaps the same as the preceding.
13. A Levite in the time of Ezra who had married a
foreign wife. Ezr 10:23
14. One of the family of Hashum, who put away his
foreign wife at Ezra's command. Ezr 10:33
15. A son of Bani, who had also married a foreign
wife, and put her away. Ezr 10:38 (B.C. 459.)
16. Son of Kish, a Benjamite, and ancestor of
Mordecai. Es 2:5 (B.C. before 479).
Shimei in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
shim'-e-i (shim`i, possibly "hear me (El)" or "(Jah)";
Semeei, Semei): A name of frequent occurrence throughout the
Old Testament records, sometimes varying slightly in form in
English Versions of the Bible. The King James Version has
"Shimi" in Ex 6:17; "Shimhi" in 1 Ch 8:21; "Shimeah" in 2
Sam 21:21. the Revised Version (British and American) has
"Shimeites" in Zec 12:13, where the King James Version has
"Shimei," and Nu 3:21 for the King James Version "Shimites."
English Versions of the Bible has "Shema" in 1 Ch 8:13,21
margin for the "Shimei" of 8:21. In all others of the many
occurrences in the King James Version and the Revised
Version (British and American) the form is "Shimei."
(1) A family name among the Levites before and after the
exile, at least five of whom bore it: (a) Son of Gershon and
grandson of Levi (Ex 6:17; Nu 3:18; 1 Ch 6:17; 23:7,10). The
text of 1 Chronicles 6 and 23 is corrupt, making difficult
the tracing of the various genealogies and the
identification of the several Shimeis. Evidently that of
23:9 is a scribe's error for one of the four sons of Ladan
or Libni, whose names are given in the preceding verse. (b)
An ancestor of Asaph the musician (1 Ch 6:42), possibly the
same as (a) above, Jahath the son of South (compare 1 Ch
23:10) being by a copyist's error transposed so as to read
as if he were the father of South (c) A descendant of the
Merarite branch of the Levites (1 Ch 6:29). (d) One of the
288 trained singers in the service of the sanctuary under
Asaph (1 Ch 25:17). (e) One of the Levites who helped to
cleanse the Temple in Hezekiah's reformation (2 Ch 29:14).
He was a descendant of Heman the musician. Hezekiah
afterward appointed him with Conaniah to have chief
oversight of "the oblations and the tithes and the dedicated
things" which were brought into the chambers of Yahweh's
house prepared for them (2 Ch 31:11,12). (f) A Levite who
under Ezra put away his foreign wife (Ezr 10:23), "Semeis"
in 1 Esdras 9:23...
Shimei in Wikipedia
Shimei is the name of a number of persons referenced in the
Hebrew Bible and Rabbinical literature.
The second son of Gershon and grandson of Levi (Ex. vi. 17;
Numbers 3:18; I Chronicles 6:17). The family of the Shimeites,
as a branch of the tribe of Levi, is mentioned in Numbers
3:18, 21; I Chronicles 23:7, 10, 11 ("Shimei" in verse 9 is
evidently a scribal error); and in Zechariah 12:13...
Shimei Scripture - 1 Kings 2:42
And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him,
Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto
thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out,
and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die?
and thou saidst unto me, The word [that] I have heard [is]
Shimei Scripture - 1 Kings 2:44
The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the
wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to
David my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy
wickedness upon thine own head;
Shimei Scripture - Zechariah 12:13
The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart;
the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;