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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Zim´ri. There are four persons of this name mentioned in the Old Testament:—

A son of Zerah, who was a son of Judah by Tamar ().

The name of the Israelite slain, together with the Midianitish woman, in Shittim, by Phinehas, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites ().

King Saul begat Jonathan, who begat Merib-baal, who begat Micah, who begat Ahaz, who begat Jehoadah, whose sons were Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri. Zimri begat Moza, etc. (; ).

In the twenty-sixth year of Asa, king of Judah, Elah, the son of Baasha, began to reign over Israel in Tirzah. After he had reigned two years, Zimri, the captain of half his chariots, conspired against him when he was in Tirzah, drunk in the house of his steward. Zimri went in and smote and killed him, and reigned in his stead, about B.C. 928; and he slew all the house of Baasha, so that no male was left. Zimri reigned only seven days at Tirzah. The people who were encamped at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, heard that Zimri had slain the king. They made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel in the camp. Omri besieged Tirzah and took it. Zimri, seeing that the city was taken, went into the king's palace, set it on fire, and perished in it for his sins in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and for making Israel to sin (; ).

The kings of Zimri, mentioned in , seem to have been the kings of the Zimranites, the descendants of Zimran, son of Abraham by Keturah (; ).





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Zimri'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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