Omri ŏm´rī [key].
1 King of Israel. He was a general in the army of Elah, and on the king's death at the hands of Zimri 1, Omri proclaimed himself king. Soon after this Zimri killed himself. Omri defeated Tibni, a pretender, and moved his capital from Tirzah to Samaria, thenceforth the chief city of Israel. Omri is mentioned on the Moabite stone and on Assyrian inscriptions, which call Israel 2 Benjamite. 1 Chron. 7.8. 3 Judahite. 1 Chron. 9.4. 4 Issacharite. 1 Chron. 27.18.
the land of Omri.Omri was in close touch with the Syrian petty kingdoms, and his son Ahab's marriage with Jezebel was a result of this alliance. 1 Kings 16.16–28 20.34.
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