24 He bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents[1] of silver and built a city on the hill, calling it Samaria, after Shemer, the name of the former owner of the hill.

Other Translations of 1 Kings 16:24

King James Version

24 And he bought the hill Samaria Samaria: Heb. Shomeron of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.

English Standard Version

24 He bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talentsA talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms of silver, and he fortified the hill and called the name of the city that he built Samaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.

The Message

24 He then bought the hill Samaria from Shemer for 150 pounds of silver. He developed the hill and named the city that he built Samaria, after its original owner Shemer.

New King James Version

24 And he bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; then he built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, Samaria, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill.

New Living Translation

24 Then Omri bought the hill now known as Samaria from its owner, Shemer, for 150├é┬ápounds of silver. He built a city on it and called the city Samaria in honor of Shemer.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 16:24

Commentary on 1 Kings 16:15-28

(Read 1 Kings 16:15-28)

When men forsake God, they will be left to plague one another. Proud aspiring men ruin one another. Omri struggled with Tibni some years. Though we do not always understand the rules by which God governs nations and individuals in his providence, we may learn useful lessons from the history before us. When tyrants succeed each other, and massacres, conspiracies, and civil wars, we may be sure the Lord has a controversy with the people for their sins; they are loudly called to repent and reform. Omri made himself infamous by his wickedness. Many wicked men have been men of might and renown; have built cities, and their names are found in history; but they have no name in the book of life.