Zimri, chariot captain who murdered Elah

“Now the people who were encamped heard it said, 'Zimri has conspired and also has killed the king.' So all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp.” (1Ki 16:16)

Incensed by this treason, the people made Omri, captain of the host, king of Israel and they went up from Gibbethon and besieged Tirzah. When Zimri realized the city was taken and there was no escape, he committed suicide by setting fire to the palace in which he sought refuge. He burned the king Elah's house down upon himself with fire and died. Zimri got to be king! ...for a “whopping” seven day reign.

Zimri apparently became a byword throughout the land after this ugly event. Later in history, Jezebel invokes remembrance of Zimri's fate when she cries out, “Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your master?” in an unsuccessful attempt to save her own sullied skin at the hands of Jehu, tenth king of Israel and founder of the fourth Israelite dynasty (2Ki 9:31).