Origin of the name OMRI.
Etymology of the name OMRI.
Meaning of the baby name OMRI.
Probably a short form of Hebrew Omriyah
(q.v.), meaning either "like a sheaf" or "servant of Jehovah."
OMRI. In Assyrian, Khumri.
A king of Israel. He founded the IIIrd Israelitish dynasty after
defeating Zimri, who had murdered Elah, and compelling him to burn
himself in the palace of Tirzah. He also defeated Tibni, another
competitor for the crown, and reigned six years in Tirzah. He then
made Samaria the capital of the kingdom, and reigned there another six
years. He allied himself with the Phoenicians, and married his son
Ahab to the daughter of the Sidonian king Ethbaal. Samaria is
sometimes called Bit-khumri or Bit-khumriya, "The House of
Omri," in the Assyrian inscriptions. (An Archaic Dictionary,
OMRI. [Probably an abbreviation of Omriyah
= "servant of Jehovah" (Gesenius): "like a
sheaf" (?) (Oxford Bible)].
(1) A son of
Becher, and grandson of Benjamin (1 Chron. vii. 8).
(2) A son of Imri, descended from Pharez, the son of
Judah (1 Chron. ix. 4).
(3) A son of Michael of the tribe of Issachar.
He lived in David's reign (1 Chron. xxvii. 18).
(4) One of the kings of Israel. When first
mentioned he was the commander-in-chief of the Israelite army at the
siege of Gibbethon. When the news arrived that Zimri had
assassinated Elah the king, the army and the people appointed Omri to
avenge the murder, and proclaimed him king. He at once marched on
Tirzah and captured it, on which Zimri set the palace on fire and
perished in the flames. Omri had still a rival for the throne, a
certain Tibni, the soin of Ginath, and a battle seems to have taken
place between the contending parties. Victory fell to Omri,
"so Tibni died and Omri reigned." He came to the throne,
by the Hebrew chronology, about the year B.C. 929, and reigned twelve
years, not merely following the idolatries of Jeroboam, but acting in
other respects more wickedly than any of his predecessors on the throne
of the twelve tribes. The chief event of his reign, and
historically viewed it was a very important one, was his founding a new
capital, Samaria, to which, on completion, he removed the seat of
government from Tirzah, at which place it had been during the first six
years of his reign. His last six years were spent in Samaria,
which was the capital of the ten tribes during the remainder of the
period that their kingdom stood. He died, by the Hebrew
chronology, about 918 B.C., leaving his son, Ahab, to ascend the throne
(1 Kings xvi. 16-28); Micah vi. 16). His daughteer, Athaliah, who
married into the royal family of Judah, had also a remarkable career. [Athaliah.]
Omri is mentioned on the Assyrian monuments by the name of Humri,
and the capital he built, Samaria, is called Humri and Beth Humri (the
House of Omri), and Jehu is erroneously called the son of Omri, when in
reality he was the deadly foe of his dynasty. (The Sunday School
Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter, 1894).