Zimri began to rule over Israel in the twenty-seventh year of King Asa’s reign in Judah, but his reign in Tirzah lasted only seven days. The army of Israel was then attacking the Philistine town of Gibbethon.
When they heard that Zimri had committed treason and had assassinated the king, that very day they chose Omri, commander of the army, as the new king of Israel.
So Omri led the entire army of Israel up from Gibbethon to attack Tirzah, Israel’s capital.
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.
For he, too, had done what was evil in the Lord ’s sight. He followed the example of Jeroboam in all the sins he had committed and led Israel to commit.
The rest of the events in Zimri’s reign and his conspiracy are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.