Seven (7) Bible Characters Who Committed Suicide In The Bible: What does the Bible say about them?
In principle and by nature of God (the Life Giver), suicide is a condemnable inhumane act in the Bible. There are about seven (7) bible characters who committed suicide in the Bible. The most notorious suicide is that of King Saul (1 Samuel 31:2-5 KJV) and Judas (Matthew 27:3-5 KJV). Others are Saul’s armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4–6), Abimelech (Judges 9:50-54 KJV), Samson (Judges 16:23-31 KJV), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23 KJV), and Zimri (1 Kings 16:15-20 KJV).
Out of these seven men, six of them were noted for their wickedness/evil. The only exception is Saul’s armor-bearer as nothing evil is said of his character in the Bible. Many consider Samson’s death an instance of suicide (self-inflicted death) for the reason that he knew his actions would lead to his death (Judges 16:26–31) although the ultimate goal of Samson was to kill Philistines but he desired to die with them (the Philistines) which could be considered as self-inflicted death (suicide by his actions). His self-inflicted death is not a noble death; by his suicidal action, he died in the camp of his enemy (the Philistines)!
There is a great lesson to learn here from the action taken by Samson which he knew it would lead to his self-inflicted death (suicide). There are some actions that are suicidal – intentional injuries, disobedience to safety rules and regulations e.g. not keeping to traffic rules (over speeding while driving), job strain and long work period without enough rest (stress), drunkenness, ignoring warning signs, deliberate failure to observe safety rules and regulations while on duty, tempting God in the name of exercising faith by playing with dangerous and deadly creatures like snakes, desire to enter into the lion den like Daniel, desire to walk on water like Peter, refusal to take proper care of your health medically and diet wise most especially when you fall sick by faith, desire to drive a vehicle by faith without going to driving school, walking into trouble by faith, tampering/fixing electrical things by faith without being trained to handle electricity, etc are the actions of suicide as God weighs actions: 1 Samuel 2:3 KJV “…for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” Any action someone takes and leads to self-death is a suicide.
God is the giver of life. He creates and gives life. He does not take away human life by suicide because Job would have committed suicide when he went through hard times. Remember that no Bible character has suffered more than Job in the Bible. Job had everything wonderful in life. He had a good family, a good name, excellent reputation and abundance of riches and wealth but he lost everything except his life. In his hard times, when he lost everything with his health, he did not commit suicide. Even his wife rebuked him to take action that would make him to die by suicide – to curse God and die because his wife knew that by cursing God is an action that could lead to self-inflicted death.
Suicide option is not the way of God. Always remember that disaster, calamity, catastrophe, heartbreak, tragedy struck Job and he (Job) lost everything: his children, his riches and wealth, his business (his livestock and crops)/ source of income, his health and even the good relationship of his wife and friends, but chose not to commit suicide. To everyone as far as suicide is concerned, there is no excuse for suicide at all! Job shall be a witness in Heaven that no matter your hard times, you have no excuse to commit suicide. You are inexcusable to commit suicide – Romans 2:1 KJV “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man.”
Job did not commit suicide while passing through and experiencing hard times (severe hardship and suffering) really tough time but trusted God and held on to Him – Job 14:14 KJV “If a man die (commit suicide), shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” And positive change actually came to him. In the end, things positively and gloriously changed for him – and Job became more rich and wealthy with good health than his beginning when he lost everything! More prosperous and a good success for Job in the end! – Job 42: 10 – 15 KJV “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.”
No Bible character had suffered more than Job in the Bible, he (Job) did not commit suicide but waited until things changed positively for him, even he died at very ripe age of hundred and forty (140) years in good health – Job 42: 16 – 17 KJV “After this lived Job an hundred and forty (140) years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.” Suicide would have prevented him from living up to hundred and forty (140) years, seeing his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations! Suicide would have prevented him from living a purpose driven life and generally fulfilled life!! Therefore, suicide is evil!!! Suicide would have prevented him from having the prosperous end and good success. Say no to suicide and stop it. Never you consider the suicide option at all as the way out to escape hard times, tough time, hardship, suffering, pain, shame, poverty, failure, defeat, misfortune, deteriorating health, heart wound(s), etc.
Job did not choose to commit suicide despite the fact that no Bible character had suffered more than him (Job) in the Bible but he chose life from God (not self-inflicted death from Satan) and God helped him out when he held on to God and trusted Him to the end. It is only takes time (patience) for change to come from God because God only makes thing beautiful in His time (not our time/your time) – Ecclesiastes 3:11KJV “He (God) hath made every thing beautiful in his time.” If God saved Job from suicide with death, He (God) can do the same for you. Therefore, you have no excuse for suicide option to see it as an escape way for the hard times/difficulties you are passing through and experiencing. Suicide is condemnable and inexcusable for anyone to kill himself/herself when God can help – Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable (to commit suicide), O man…”
Suicide, the taking of one’s own life or killing oneself, is ungodly and evil because it rejects God’s gift of life to fulfill a purpose driven life. Nobody (no man or woman) should imagine and presume to take God’s authority upon themselves to end his or her own life by suicide. Suicide is a sin.
Suicide is the act of wickedness. Anybody who commits suicide sins against God and God has no pleasure in the death of a sinner – He does not want anybody to commit self-murder (to kill oneself) as all those who commit self-murder will end up in hell/lake of fire – Ezekiel 33:11 KJV, Exodus 20:13 KJV and Revelation 21:8 KJV “Thou shalt not kill…But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death…Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked (sinner); but that the wicked turn from his way and live : turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel.”
Anybody who takes his/her own life (kill oneself) is wicked. One of the evil ways to die is by suicide. Suicide rejects God’s gift of life and prefers to take a life by self-inflicted death. It is the wicked (suicidal person) who take one’s own life – it is wickedness to reject God’s gift of life. This is what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden after God instructed them not to eat forbidden fruit (suicide) as the action of eating forbidden fruit brought self-inflicted death to them and humanity – they rejected the gift of life that God gave them – the forbidden fruit is evil – the forbidden fruit is a suicide: Romans 5:12 KJV “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Suicide is a sin.
Bible made us understand that some Bible Characters experienced deep despair and hopelessness in life but they chose not to commit suicide. For instance, the great prophet Elijah was fearful, worried, troubled and depressed to the level that he desired death but never considered to die by suicide (1 Kings 19:4 KJV).
King Solomon, in his pursuit of pleasure and every good thing in life, reached the point in his life where he “hated life” (Ecclesiastes 2:17) but he did not consider to die by suicide. Many suicide victims gave in to suicide because they were tired of life – they hated life due to one reason or the other best known to them.
Jonah was so angry at God that he desired to die but not by suicide (Jonah 4:8). Even the apostle Paul and his missionary co-workers at one point in their Christian life – 2 Corinthians 1:8 KJV. “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble (unbearable suffering, hardships, afflictions) which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure (completely overwhelmed), above strength (beyond our strength), insomuch that we despaired even of life (death seemed certain)” But none of the apostle Paul and his missionary co-workers considered suicide – none of them committed suicide. They all relied on God just like Job. What Apostle Paul experienced was beyond his ability to endure, completely overwhelmed and death seemed certain – despaired even of life, yet he did not commit suicide because suicide is evil as well as a sin. Suicide represents forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden.
Apostle Paul has a deep spiritual understanding that suicide is a sin, wickedness and evil. Therefore he relied on God during the period of his hard times (severe suffering, hardships) even unto death to the point he was overwhelmed beyond his ability and strength. He had a good spiritual understanding that during that worst phase of life, God wants him (apostle Paul) to depend on Him because human beings are limited and need the strength of God (divine strength) – God wants us to know that He is our source and strength: 2 Corinthians 1: 8 – 9 KJV ”For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:”
The Holy Bible never supports suicide – it gives ZERO tolerance to it!
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