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Is the Bible clear on suicide?

Is the Bible really clear about the punishment for those who take their own lives? Are they forgiven or forsaken?

There are six accounts of suicide in the Bible:
1. King Saul (1 Samuel 31:2-5)
2. Judas  (Matthew 27:3-5)
3. Abimelech (Judges 9:50-54)
4. Samson  (Judges 16:23-31)
5. Ahithophel  (2 Samuel 17:23)
6. Zimri  (1 Kings 16:15-20)
Since murder is condemned, is suicide abominable?
Here are 30 passages of the Bible we can learn from:
  1. Exodus 20:13

You shall not kill.


  1. 1 Samuel 31:5

And when his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise on his sword, and died with him.


  1. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.


  1. Mark 16:16

He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.


  1. John 10:28

And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.


  1. John 12:25

He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.


  1. Acts 16:27

And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.


  1. 1 Corinthians 3:17

If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.


  1. Psalm 13:2-4

How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.


  1. Deuteronomy 30:19

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,


  1. 2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


  1. Romans 10:13

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”


  1. John 10:28

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.


  1. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;


15           Psalm 34:18-19

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;


  1. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


  1. Psalm 55:22

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.


  1. Romans 8:1-2

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.


  1. Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


  1. Ecclesiastes 7:17

Be not over much wicked, neither be you foolish: why should you die before your time?

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