2 ‘Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over My people Yisrael; and thou hast walked in the way of Yerovam, and hast made My people Yisrael to sin, to provoke Me with their sins;
ג הִנְנִי מַבְעִיר אַחֲרֵי בַעְשָׁא וְאַחֲרֵי בֵיתוֹ וְנָתַתִּי אֶת בֵּיתְךָ כְּבֵית יָרָבְעָם בֶּן נְבָט.
4 Him that dieth of Baasa in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth of his in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.’
ד הַמֵּת לְבַעְשָׁא בָּעִיר יֹאכְלוּ הַכְּלָבִים וְהַמֵּת לוֹ בַּשָּׂדֶה יֹאכְלוּ עוֹף הַשָּׁמָיִם.
ה וְיֶתֶר דִּבְרֵי בַעְשָׁא וַאֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה וּגְבוּרָתוֹ הֲלֹא הֵם כְּתוּבִים עַל סֵפֶר דִּבְרֵי הַיָּמִים לְמַלְכֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.
6 And Baasa slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah; and Elah his son reigned in his stead.
ו וַיִּשְׁכַּב בַּעְשָׁא עִם אֲבֹתָיו וַיִּקָּבֵר בְּתִרְצָה וַיִּמְלֹךְ אֵלָה בְנוֹ תַּחְתָּיו.
7 And moreover by the hand of the Navi Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of Hashem against Baasa, and against his house, both because of all the evil that he did in the sight of Hashem, to provoke Him with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Yerovam, and because he smote him.
9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired against him; now he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was over the household in Tirzah;
ט וַיִּקְשֹׁר עָלָיו עַבְדּוֹ זִמְרִי שַׂר מַחֲצִית הָרָכֶב וְהוּא בְתִרְצָה שֹׁתֶה שִׁכּוֹר בֵּית אַרְצָא אֲשֶׁר עַל הַבַּיִת בְּתִרְצָה.
10 and Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Yehuda, and reigned in his stead.
11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he smote all the house of Baasa; he left him not a single man-child, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends.
יא וַיְהִי בְמָלְכוֹ כְּשִׁבְתּוֹ עַל כִּסְאוֹ הִכָּה אֶת כָּל בֵּית בַּעְשָׁא לֹא הִשְׁאִיר לוֹ מַשְׁתִּין בְּקִיר וְגֹאֲלָיו וְרֵעֵהוּ.
14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yisrael?
יד וְיֶתֶר דִּבְרֵי אֵלָה וְכָל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה הֲלוֹא הֵם כְּתוּבִים עַל סֵפֶר דִּבְרֵי הַיָּמִים לְמַלְכֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.
16 And the people that were encamped heard say: ‘Zimri hath conspired, and hath also smitten the king’; wherefore all Yisrael made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Yisrael that day in the camp.
18 And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the castle of the king’s house, and burnt the king’s house over him with fire, and died;
יח וַיְהִי כִּרְאוֹת זִמְרִי כִּי נִלְכְּדָה הָעִיר וַיָּבֹא אֶל אַרְמוֹן בֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ וַיִּשְׂרֹף עָלָיו אֶת בֵּית מֶלֶךְ בָּאֵשׁ וַיָּמֹת.
20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yisrael?
כ וְיֶתֶר דִּבְרֵי זִמְרִי וְקִשְׁרוֹ אֲשֶׁר קָשָׁר הֲלֹא הֵם כְּתוּבִים עַל סֵפֶר דִּבְרֵי הַיָּמִים לְמַלְכֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.
24 And he bought the hill Shomron of Shemer for two talents of silver; and he built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill, Shomron.
va-YI-ken et ha-HAR sho-m’-RON may-et SHE-mer b’-khi-k’-RA-yim KA-sef va-YI-ven et ha-HAR va-yik-RA et shaym ha-EER a-SHER ba-NAH al shem SHE-mer a-do-NAY ha-HAR sho-m’-RON
כד וַיִּקֶן אֶת הָהָר שֹׁמְרוֹן מֵאֶת שֶׁמֶר בְּכִכְּרַיִם כָּסֶף וַיִּבֶן אֶת הָהָר וַיִּקְרָא אֶת שֵׁם הָעִיר אֲשֶׁר בָּנָה עַל שֶׁם שֶׁמֶר אֲדֹנֵי הָהָר שֹׁמְרוֹן.
16:24 And he bought the hill Shomron of Shemer for two talents of silver
Samaria, known in Hebrew as ‘Shomron,’ is an important part of both the Biblical heartland of Israel and the modern State of Israel. Omri purchases this land to be the capital of the Kingdom of Israel. This land, which comprises over 11% of the modern State of Israel, was liberated during the Six Day War and is home to many vibrant communities. Some of the most well-known include Ariel (which hosts a university), Karnei Shomron, Elon Moreh and Itamar. Since it is located in the middle of Israel it plays a vital role in the spirituality, economics and security of the country. Though Omri sins greatly in his religious conduct, his acquisition of the ‘Shomron’ is of great national importance.
25 And Omri did that which was evil in the sight of Hashem, and dealt wickedly above all that were before him.
כה וַיַּעֲשֶׂה עָמְרִי הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה וַיָּרַע מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר לְפָנָיו.
31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Yerovam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
לא וַיְהִי הֲנָקֵל לֶכְתּוֹ בְּחַטֹּאות יָרָבְעָם בֶּן נְבָט וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה אֶת אִיזֶבֶל בַּת אֶתְבַּעַל מֶלֶךְ צִידֹנִים וַיֵּלֶךְ וַיַּעֲבֹד אֶת הַבַּעַל וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ לוֹ.
32 And he reared up an Mizbayach for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Shomron.
לב וַיָּקֶם מִזְבֵּחַ לַבָּעַל בֵּית הַבַּעַל אֲשֶׁר בָּנָה בְּשֹׁמְרוֹן.
34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Yericho; with Abiram his first-born he laid the foundation thereof, and with his youngest son Segub he set up the gates thereof; according to the word of Hashem, which He spoke by the hand of Joshua the son of Nun.