Zimri (Zim´ri; Heb., “[God] is my protection” or “strength”)

1 A Simeonite who lived prior to Israel’s entry into Canaan and was killed by the priest Phinehas for bringing a Midianite woman into his home (Num 25). 2 Commander of half the chariotry in early-ninth-century BCE Israel who led a successful coup against King Elah, as a result of which Zimri became an epithet for one who kills his own master (2Kgs 9:31). He ruled in Tirzah for only one week before another officer (Omri) besieged the city and Zimri committed suicide by entering the royal palace he had set afire (1Kgs 16:8-31). 3 A descendant of Judah (1Chr 2:6; perhaps the same as Zabdi in Josh 7:1). 4 A descendant of Saul’s son Jonathan (1Chr 8:36; 1Chr 9:42). 5 A nation apparently near southern Mesopotamia (Jer 25:25), although the accuracy and exact reference of the text are uncertain.

Num 25

Worship of Baal of Peor
1While Israel was staying at Shittim, the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab.2These invited the people to the ... View more

2Kgs 9:31

31As Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your master?”

1Kgs 16:8-31

Elah Reigns over Israel
8In the twenty-sixth year of King Asa of Judah, Elah son of Baasha began to reign over Israel in Tirzah; he reigned two years.9But his s ... View more

1Chr 2:6

6The sons of Zerah: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Dara, five in all.

Josh 7:1

The Sin of Achan and Its Punishment
1But the Israelites broke faith in regard to the devoted things: Achan son of Carmi son of Zabdi son of Zerah, of the tribe ... View more

1Chr 8:36

36Ahaz became the father of Jehoaddah; and Jehoaddah became the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri; Zimri became the father of Moza.

1Chr 9:42

42and Ahaz became the father of Jarah, and Jarah of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri became the father of Moza.

Jer 25:25

25all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of Media;

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