Zimri @ praise-worthy. (1.) A son of Salu, slain by Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, because of his wickedness in bringing a Midianitish woman into his tent Numbers:25:6-15). (2.) Murdered Elah at Tirzah, and succeeded him on the throne of Israel (kjvKings:16:8-10). He reigned only seven days, for Omri, whom the army elected as king, laid siege to Tirzah, whereupon Zimri set fire to the palace and perished amid its ruins (11-20). Omri succeeded to the throne only after four years of fierce war with Tibni, another claimant to the throne.
ZIMRI @ - The son of Salu, a Simeonite chieftain, slain by Phinehas with the Midianitish princess Cozbi. Numbers:25:14). (B.C. 1450.) Fifth sovereign of the separate kingdom of Israel, of which he occupied the throne for the brief period of seven days, B.C. 930 or 929. Originally in command of half the chariots in the royal army, he gained the crown by the murder of King Elah; son of Baasha. But the army made their general, Omri, king, who marched against Tirzah, where Zimri was. Zimri retreated into the innermost part of the late king’s palace, set it on fire, and perished in the ruins. (Kings:16:9-20) One of the five sons of Zerah the son of Judah. ( 1Chronicles:2:6) (B.C. after 1706.) Son of Jehoadah and descendant of Saul. ( 1Chronicles:8:361Chronicles:9:42) An obscure name, mentioned Jeremiah:25:25) in probable connection with Dedan, Tema, Buz, Arabia, the "mingled people." Nothing further is known respecting Zimri, but the name may possibly be the same as, or derived from, ZIMRAN, which see.