1. A prince of the tribe of Simeon, slain by Phinehas for his heaven-daring crime on the plains of Moab, Nu 25:14.
2. A general of half the cavalry of Elah king of Israel. He rebelled against his master, killed him, and usurped his kingdom. He cut off the whole family, not sparing any of his relations or friends; whereby was fulfilled the word of the Lord denounced to Baasha the father of Elah, by the prophet Jehu. Zimri reigned but seven days; for the army of Israel, then besieging Gibbethon, a city of the Philistines, made their general, Omri, king, and came and besieged Zimri in the city of Tirzah. Zimri, seeing the city on the point of being taken, burned himself in the palace with all its riches, 1Ki 16:1-20; 2Ki 9:31.
praise-worthy. (1.) A son of Salu, slain by Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, because of his wickedness in bringing a Midianitish woman into his tent (Nu 25:6-15).
(2.) Murdered Elah at Tirzah, and succeeded him on the throne of Israel (1Ki 16:8-10). He reigned only seven days, for Omri, whom the army elected as king, laid siege to Tirzah, whereupon Zimri set fire to the palace and perished amid its ruins (1Ki 16:11-20). Omri succeeded to the throne only after four years of fierce war with Tibni, another claimant to the throne.
1. Nu 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. (1Ki 16:1-4,8-13,15-20.) 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 (Re 13:10; Mt 26:52).
3. One of Zerah's five sons (1Ch 2:6).
1. A prince of the tribe of Simeon, slain by Phinehas (Nu 25:6-14,1Ma 2:26). 2. Son of Zerah, and grandfather or ancestor of Achan (1Ch 2:6); called Zabdi in Jos 7:1. 3. A Benjamite (1Ch 8:36; 9:42). 4. See next article. 5. 'All the kings of Zimri' are mentioned in the same verse, Jer 25:25, with those of Elam and the Medes as among those who were to drink the cup of the fury of the Lord. There is considerable doubt as to what place is meant, or even as to the genuineness of the phrase.
1. Son of Salu, a Simeonite: with a Midianitish woman he was slain by Phinehas. Nu 25:14.
2. A captain of Elah king of Israel: he conspired and slew the king and all his family, and usurped the throne. He was speedily attacked by Omri, but Zimri retreated into the late king's palace, set it on fire, and perished in the flames. 1Ki 16:9-20; 2Ki 9:31.
3. Son of Zerah, a son of Judah. 1Ch 2:6.
5. An unknown place or tribe mentioned among the nations to be destroyed. Jer 25:25.
1. The son of Salu, a Simeonite chieftain, slain by Phinehas with the Midianitish princess Cozbi.
. (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.
3. One of the five sons of Zerah the son of Judah.
(B.C. after 1706.)
4. Son of Jehoadah and descendant of Saul.
5. An obscure name, mentioned
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, which see.