Omri (Om´ri; Heb., meaning uncertain, possibly “worshiper”)

The sixth king of Israel ca. 876–869 BCE, a contemporary of King Asa of Judah and founder of a dynasty that included his son Ahab (ca. 869–850), Ahaziah (ca. 850–849), and Joram (ca. 849–842). According to (1Kgs 16:23), Omri ruled Israel for twelve years, six of them in Tirzah. Of all Omri’s deeds after he became king of Israel, the only one mentioned in the Bible is the founding of a new capital at Samaria, which marked a new chapter in the history of the Northern Kingdom. His reign, while successful by secular standards, is judged harshly in the Bible (1Kgs 16:25-26).

1Kgs 16:23

23In the thirty-first year of King Asa of Judah, Omri began to reign over Israel; he reigned for twelve years, six of them in Tirzah.

1Kgs 16:25-26

25Omri did what was evil in the sight of the Lord; he did more evil than all who were before him.26For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and in ... View more

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