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As Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Do you come in peace, Zimri, you murderer of your master?” Bible

“Zimri.” Jezebel’s calling Jehu by the name “Zimri” is the figure of speech antonomasia, “name change,” where a person is called by a name other than his or her own name in order to import characteristics from that other person. Zimri killed the king to be king, but then only reigned for seven days (1 Kings 16:8-15). Jezebel called Jehu “Zimri” in an attempt to scare him into not killing her because of the implied threat of being killed soon himself. For more on antonomasia, see commentary on Matthew 17:10.


Commentary for: 2 Kings 9:31