(Shimʹe·i) [possibly a shortened form of Shemaiah, meaning “Jehovah Has Heard (Listened)”].
3. A Merarite Levite.—1Ch 6:29.
5. A Benjamite whose nine sons (or descendants) were heads of forefathers’ houses living in Jerusalem. (1Ch 8:1, 19-21, 28) He is apparently called Shema in 1 Chronicles 8:13, there identified as a family head in Aijalon.
6. A Simeonite, the son of Zaccur; he had 16 sons and 6 daughters.—1Ch 4:24-27.
8. A descendant of Gershon through Ladan. During David’s reign, three sons (or descendants) of Shimei were heads of Levite families.—1Ch 23:8, 9.
10. Caretaker of David’s vineyards; a Ramathite.—1Ch 27:27.
11. A loyal supporter of King David who refused to join Adonijah’s conspiracy. (1Ki 1:8) He is presumably the same Shimei appointed as King Solomon’s food deputy in Benjamin’s territory; son of Ela.—1Ki 4:7, 18.
12. A Benjamite from the village of Bahurim. Shimei, the son of Gera, of a family in King Saul’s house, harbored a grudge against David for years after Saul’s death and the removal of the kingship from his house. Shimei found an occasion to vent his long-contained wrath when David and his party fled from Jerusalem on account of Absalom’s rebellion. Just a little E of the Mount of Olives, Shimei walked along throwing stones and dust down at them and cursing David. Abishai asked David’s permission to kill Shimei, but David refused, hoping that perhaps Jehovah would turn Shimei’s curse into a blessing.—2Sa 16:5-13.
On David’s return, with the situation reversed, Shimei and a thousand other Benjamites were the first to meet him, Shimei bowing before him and making expression of repentance for his sins. Again Abishai wanted to kill him, but again David did not allow it, this time swearing that he would not put Shimei to death. (2Sa 19:15-23) However, before his death David told Solomon to “bring his gray hairs down to Sheol with blood.”—1Ki 2:8, 9.
At the start of his reign, Solomon called Shimei and ordered him to move to Jerusalem and not to leave the city; if he ever left the city, he would be put to death. Shimei agreed to these terms, but three years later he left the city to recover two of his slaves who had fled to Gath. On learning of this violation, Solomon called Shimei to account for breaking his oath to Jehovah and ordered Benaiah to execute him.—1Ki 2:36-46.
13. A Levite descendant of Heman who sanctified himself and helped dispose of the unclean objects removed from the temple at the beginning of Hezekiah’s reign. (2Ch 29:12, 14-16) Probably the same as No. 14.
14. The Levite second in charge of storing the generous contributions and tithes brought to the temple during Hezekiah’s reign. (2Ch 31:11-13) Probably identical with No. 13.
15. Ancestor of Mordecai; tribe of Benjamin.—Es 2:5.
16. Brother of Governor Zerubbabel; descendant of David in the tribe of Judah.—1Ch 3:19.