After that the people of Israel were split right down the middle: Half favored Tibni son of Ginath as king, and half wanted Omri.
Eventually the Omri side proved stronger than the Tibni side. Tibni ended up dead and Omri king.
Omri took over as king of Israel in the thirty-first year of the reign of Asa king of Judah. He ruled for twelve years, the first six in Tirzah.
He then bought the hill Samaria from Shemer for 150 pounds of silver. He developed the hill and named the city that he built Samaria, after its original owner Shemer.
But as far as God was concerned, Omri lived an evil life - set new records in evil.
He walked in the footsteps of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who not only sinned but dragged Israel into his sins, making God angry - such an empty-headed, empty-hearted life!
The rest of Omri's life, the mark he made on his times, is written in The Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.
Omri died and was buried in Samaria. His son Ahab was the next king after him.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)