|Does the Bible mention people who committed suicide?|
Does the Bible mention people who committed suicide?
There are seven different examples of people who committed suicide in the Bible. Most of the suicides mentioned in the Bible occur during violent times of the Judges and Kings of Israel.
Abimelech was ashamed to be mortally wounded by a woman during an attack on a tower stronghold. He chose to die by a sword rather than suffer the shame of being killed by a woman.
Judges 9:51-54 But there was a strong tower within the city, and all the men and women and all the leaders of the city fled to it and shut themselves in, and they went up to the roof of the tower. (52) And Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it and drew near to the door of the tower to burn it with fire. (53) And a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech's head and crushed his skull. (54) Then he called quickly to the young man his armor-bearer and said to him, "Draw your sword and kill me, lest they say of me, 'A woman killed him.'" And his young man thrust him through, and he died.
Judges 16:25-30 Samson died, taking revenge on his enemies by pulling down a mansion on top of himself and thousands of people at a party.
Judges 16:25-30 And when their hearts were merry, they said, "Call Samson, that he may entertain us." So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars. (26) And Samson said to the young man who held him by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them." (27) Now the house was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there, and on the roof there were about 3,000 men and women, who looked on while Samson entertained. (28) Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes." (29) And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. (30) And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines." Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life.
King Saul saw that he and his army were going to be defeated. He was worried about being tortured by his enemies. Saul was supposed to be God's chosen king, but even in his death he showed that he was a coward.
1 Samuel 31:3-6 The battle pressed hard against Saul, and the archers found him, and he was badly wounded by the archers. (4) Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and mistreat me." But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. (5) And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died with him. (6) Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together.
#4 Saul's armor-bearer
1 Samuel 31:5 In the impulse of the moment, Saul's armor bearer died with Saul. A copy-cat suicide is a symptom of short-sighted thinking.
Ahithophel, a royal advisor, was angry because his advice was not followed. The shame of being ignored or disrespected caused him to hang himself. A mistake in your job is a poor reason to take your life.
2 Samuel 17:22-24 Then David arose, and all the people who were with him, and they crossed the Jordan. By daybreak not one was left who had not crossed the Jordan. (23) When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to his own city. He set his house in order and hanged himself, and he died and was buried in the tomb of his father. (24) Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.
1 Kings 16:15-20 Rebellion; Zimri had a problem with authority.
1 Kings 16:15-19 In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri reigned seven days in Tirzah. Now the troops were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, (16) and the troops who were encamped heard it said, "Zimri has conspired, and he has killed the king." Therefore all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp. (17) So Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they besieged Tirzah. (18) And when Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the king's house and burned the king's house over him with fire and died, (19) because of his sins that he committed, doing evil in the sight of the LORD, walking in the way of Jeroboam, and for his sin which he committed, making Israel to sin.
Remorse for a bad choice caused Judas to hang himself. Instead of heeding warnings from Christ about his imminent choice to betray Jesus or repenting of them later, like Peter did, Judas decided to hang himself.
Matthew 27:3-5 Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, (4) saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." They said, "What is that to us? See to it yourself." (5) And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.
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