In the twenty-seventh year of Judah's King Asa, Zimri became king for seven days in Tirzah. Now the troops were encamped against Gibbethon of the Philistines.
When the encamped troops heard that Zimri had not only conspired but had also struck down the king, then all Israel made Omri, the army commander, king over Israel that very day in the camp.
Omri along with all Israel marched up from Gibbethon and besieged Tirzah.
When Zimri saw that the city was captured, he entered the citadel of the royal palace and burned down the royal palace over himself. He died
because of his sin he committed by doing what was evil in the Lord's sight and by following the example of Jeroboam and the sin he caused Israel to commit.
The rest of the events of Zimri's [reign], along with the conspiracy that he instigated, are written about in the Historical Record of Israel's Kings.
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.