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Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible, and there’s a lesson to be learned from them.

Key Points:

  • Suicide appears in Judges 9:54, Judges 16:30, 1 Samuel 31:4-5, 2 Samuel 17:23, 1 Kings 16:18, and Matthew 27:5.
  • Suicide is never part of God’s will for his people.
  • Suicide overlooks the ultimate solution to our guilt and regret (Romans 8:1-2.)
  • If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The call is confidential and free.

Quote This:

Romans 8:1-2 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

See Also: Death, Guilt, Suicide

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some of your observations about the suicides in the Bible? Why do you think the biblical authors included their stories?
  3. Do you agree that suicide is never God’s will? Explain.
  4. Read Matthew 27:1-5. Why did Judas take his own life? 
  5. Read Romans 8:1-2. Who is this promise for? Why is there no condemnation for these people? What is the result of belonging to Christ? (For more on becoming a Christian, click here.)
  6. If you have struggled with thoughts of suicide before, how will you look at it now?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.