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1 Kings 16:15-20

Zimri’s Reign over Israel

16:15 In the twenty-seventh year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Zimri became king over Israel; he ruled for seven days in Tirzah. Zimri’s revolt took place while the army was deployed 1  in Gibbethon, which was in Philistine territory. 16:16 While deployed there, the army received this report: 2  “Zimri has conspired against the king and assassinated him.” 3  So all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that very day in the camp. 16:17 Omri and all Israel went up from Gibbethon and besieged Tirzah. 16:18 When Zimri saw that the city was captured, he went into the fortified area of the royal palace. He set the palace on fire and died in the flames. 4  16:19 This happened because of the sins he committed. He did evil in the sight of 5  the Lord and followed in Jeroboam’s footsteps and encouraged Israel to continue sinning. 6 

16:20 The rest of the events of Zimri’s reign, including the details of his revolt, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 7 

1 tn Heb “Now the people were encamped.

2 tn Heb “and the people who were encamped heard.”

3 tn Heb “has conspired against and also has struck down the king.”

4 tn Heb “and he burned the house of the king over him with fire and he died.”

5 tn Heb “in the eyes of.”

6 tn Heb “walking in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin which he did to make Israel sin.”

7 tn Heb “As for the rest of the events of Zimri, and his conspiracy which he conspired, are they not written on the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Israel?”

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