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120. Suicide



All examples of suicide in the Bible are of the non-elect:

Saul:

1 Samuel 31:4 - "Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it."

1 Chronicles 10:4 - "Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it."

(Note that the story the Amalekite told of this event was a lie):

2 Samuel 1:9,10 - "He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord."


Saul's armourbearer:

1 Samuel 31:5 - "And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him."


Ahithophel:

2 Samuel 17:23 - "And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father."


Zimri:

1 Kings 16:18 - "And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died."


Judas:

Matthew 27:5 - "And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself."

Acts 1:18,19 - "Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood."