What does the Bible say about suicide?

God has not written a specific command about suicide in His Holy Word. Some scholars believe that the command “you shall not murder” covers suicide as well, while others believe that the command directly refers to murdering others. The later justify this by saying that the verb “murder” is in the active form and not reflexive, as in “murder yourself”. Even though there is no specific command regarding suicide, in the entirety of Scripture, we do see God dealing with the subject of suicide. In this article I will limit myself to just 7 examples of people who have committed suicide. We will see who they are, why they did what they did, and the results. I will not share what the church’s position is or theological opinions because I only want to analyze the Biblical text. Continue reading