885BC-874BC – King Omri the 6th King of Israel

1 Kings 16:15-28. Omri ruled for 12 years. First six years he ruled in Tirzah and then moved to a hill he called Samaria.
He sinned against the Lord and led Israel into sin. His son Ahab succeeded him at his death.

King Omri, a strong and decisive ruler, and the founder of Samaria, House of Israel’s capital for about 150 years.

Lacking God’s help, King Omri allowed Syria to encroach on Israel’s land.

Omri in Hebrew means: The Lord is my life.

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King Omri – 6th king of Israel

16:21 The army of Israel was divided into two parties: half of the army were loyal to Ginath’s son Tibni and wanted to make him king, and half were loyal to Omri. 22 But the army that was loyal to Omri was victorious over Ginath’s son Tibni. Tibni later died and Omri became king. 23 During the thirty-first year of the reign of King Asa of Judah, Omri became king over Israel. He reigned for twelve years, six of them at Tirzah. 24 He bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver, fortified the hill, and named the city Samaria after Shemer, the former owner of the hill. 25 Omri practiced what the LORD considered to be evil, doing far more evil than anyone who had reigned before him. 26 He lived just like Nebat’s son Jeroboam, and by his sin he led Israel into sin, provoking the LORD God of Israel with their idolatry. 27 Now the rest of Omri’s accomplishments, including the power that he demonstrated, are recorded in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel, are they not? 28 So Omri died, as had his ancestors, and he was buried in Samaria. His son Ahab became king in his place.king.
2 Kings 16:21-28

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