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q.gif (1639 bytes)   If a husband learns (after the fact) that his wife prepared herself to end her own life by pill over dose, and she demands he do not call for help, and to just let her die, because she was in so much pain and misery, what does the Bible say about this?


a.gif (1659 bytes)       We are never to knowingly assist someone in committing suicide.

Saul’s armourbearer was afraid to do such a thing as assist him in suicide.  1 Samuel 31:3-5 says, “3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.   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.   5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.”

David ordered the death of a man who claimed to assist Saul in suicide.  2 Samuel 1:5-16 says, “5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?  6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.  7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I.   8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.  9 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.   10 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.  11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:  12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.   13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.  14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?  15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.   16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.”

Assisting someone in committing suicide is considered as murder.   If faced with an enemy who may abuse the wounded, we should fight the enemy — not take the life of the one that is wounded.  We never know how God may heal one who is at the point of death.  I have seen multiple times where the hospital staff has called the family in and told them that their loved one was dying — and then he/she recovered.  Life is in the hand of God.

Job was in misery with his sickness, and just wanted to die.   Job 3:20-22 says, “20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;  21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;   22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?”

Job thought that he was never going to recover.  Job 17:11-16 says, “11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.   12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.   13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.  14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.   15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?  16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.”

But Job did recover, and lived on another 140 years, and also had 10 more children.  Job 42:12-17 says, “12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.  13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.  14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.  15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.  16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.   17 So Job died, being old and full of days.”


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