1 Kings 16:18

18 When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the royal palace and set the palace on fire around him. So he died,

Read 1 Kings 16:18 Using Other Translations

And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died,
And when Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the king's house and burned the king's house over him with fire and died,
When Zimri saw that the city had been taken, he went into the citadel of the palace and burned it down over himself and died in the flames.

What does 1 Kings 16:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 16:18

And it came to pass, that when Zimri saw that the city was
taken
That Omri, and the army with him, had got into it, being a place not much fortified, and Zimri not having force enough to defend it against such an army:

that he went into the palace of the king's house;
into the innermost and most splendid, as well as the strongest part of it:

and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and he died;
that he might not fall into the hands of his rival, who he might fear would use him ill, and that he might not enjoy the royal palace; though Kimchi thinks that Omri set fire to the palace, and burnt it over the head of Zimri, in which he perished; and this sense the text will bear.

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