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Bible Q

What does the Bible say about suicide?

God has given us life and asks us to use it in serving him (John 10:10; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). We are to honour God with our body (1 Cor 6:20), so it would be wrong to destroy the gift God has given us.

The Bible records seven suicides:

Abimelech Judges 9:52-54
Samson Judges 16:25-30
Saul 1 Samuel 31:4
Saul’s armor-bearer 1 Samuel 31:5
Ahithophel 2 Samuel 17:23
Zimri 1 Kings 16:15-20
Judas Matthew 27:3-5

In Samson’s case, we know he will be in God’s kingdom (Heb 11:32) — his suicide was part of his attempt to defeat the Philistines.

If anyone is feeling suicidal, please read Psalm 33:18-22 and pray for God’s strength. Then talk to someone about it and seek professional help:

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