At that time the people of Israel were split in half: half the people followed Tibni son of Ginath, to make him king, and half followed Omri.
However, the people who followed Omri proved stronger than those who followed Tibni son of Ginath. So Tibni died and Omri became king.
In the thirty-first year of Judah's King Asa, Omri became king over Israel; [he reigned] 12 years. He reigned six years in Tirzah,
then he bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for 150 pounds of silver,a and he built up the hill. He named the city he built Samariab based on the name Shemer, the owner of the hill.
Omri did what was evil in the Lord's sight; he did more evil than all who were before him.
He followed the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat and the sins he caused Israel to commit, provoking the Lord God of Israel with their worthless idols.
The rest of the events of Omri's [reign], along with his accomplishments and the might he exercised, are written about in the Historical Record of Israel's Kings.
Omri rested with his fathers and was buried in Samaria. His son Ahab became king in his place.