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Top 10 Most Tragic and Heartbreaking Stories in the Bible

Updated on November 9, 2015
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Top 10 Most Tragic and Heartbreaking Stories in the Bible

10. The murder of Uriah the Hittite (2 Samuel 11:1-27)
Rooftop, it all started from the rooftop, where the great King David, the man after God's own heart took notice of a beautiful, seductive lady taking a bath below, named Bathsheba. The King suddenly fell in love, and using his kingly powers to get any girl he wants, he had intercourse with her. Eventually, with no protection David got her preggy, then knowing that Bathseba is the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Uriah is one of David's best and most loyal soldiers as his name is listed on "The Thirty" (2 Samuel 23:8–39). He then summoned the soldier before him, gave some feast to make him drunk. Twice David requested for him to gome home to his wife and sleep with her, in a plan to fake that the Hittite is the one that made Bathshe pregnant. It wasn't successful, as Uriah, loyal to the King, maintain a code of honor not to be with his wife while there's a war raging. David consumed by his desire for Bathsheba and getting out of the impending scandal led him to murder one of his mighty warrior. He ordered for him to be placed at the frontlines and not to be supported, eventually killing him. This is a clear murder on David's side, resulting him to be punished by God.

9. Murder of Abel (Genesis 4)
Many of us already knew this story, the arguably first siblings and the first murder on the history of mankind according to the Bible. Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam and Eve. Cain is a farmer, while his little brother is taking care of a flock of sheep. One day when they're sacrificing to God, Yahweh neglected Cain's not-the-best crops while accepted Abel's young, fat and healthiest lamb. Cain, envious of his brother's success and much favor from the Lord, plotted to kill him. He invited Abel for a stroll with him, then with a method only God knows, he killed his own brother. God later punishes Cain (in which Cain stated his famous quote to God, "Why should I take care of my brother?"), bearing him a curse for killing his own brother.

8. The beheading of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29)
St. John the baptist, insect-eater and desert wanderer cousin of Jesus Christ. John was imprisoned by King Herod because he reproved Herod for divorcing his wife and unlawfully taking Herodias, the wife of his brother Herod Philip I. On the birthday of the King, the daughter of Herodias danced before him and his guests, which pleased the King, that in his drunkenness he promised to give whatever she may desire. The daughter then asked her mother what she should request, which her mother ask for the head of poor John the baptist in a platter. Herod, however surprised of the request, oblige. News of John's death then reach Jesus and his followers. Poor John.

7. Lot's wife (Genesis 19:26)
This story happened during the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot is advised by Abram(Later Abraham) of the impending doom, that would happen to the two cities, since Lot is the only believer in the city. God then, using his angels, instructed Lot and his family that they should run before the firestorm come, and they shouldn't look back or stop while running. Unfortunately, while they're hasting away, Lot's wife looked back, maybe of curiousness or forgotten something or someone important, or maybe someone called her name. She then immediately become a statue of salt, a pillar of saltiness.

6. Job's trial (Job 1:1-22)
Job is a God-fearing, rich and prosperous man from Uz, until God test him in collaboration with Satan. He lost his whole wealth, his servants and all his sons and daughters. Adding to his misery, he got sicked and live his life then as a beggar. He lost it all, yet it didn't waver his fate to God, even with the unwise words of his friends.

5. Slaughter of Egyptian first-born sons (Exodus 11:5)
Because of the Egyptian Pharaoh's stubbornness, God using Moses, send an angel of death that will kill all of the first-born sons, even those of the animals in the whole Egypt. Those house with a sheep's blood painted on the door will be skipped by. Morning came, and most of Egypt is crying, even the Pharaoh, as they lost their eldest sons, except for the Hebrews who followed the instruction.

4. The Great Flood (Genesis 6:9-8:22)
It rained non-stop for forty days and nights. Everything and everyone perishes, except Noah, his family, and some animals he brought with him. People who laughed at him while making the ship, perishes. It seems that God turned on a massive faucet, because of the evilness of men during that time, which erases most of existence during that time. Many lives lost, yet God provided a rainbow though.

3. Concubine hacked to pieces (Judges 19:1-30)
Yeah, hacked to pieces. Like a chop-chop lady in the movies. A Levi man took for himself a concubine. The concubine then, after a while left the man back to her father, for reasons unknown (Maybe the Levite is prioritising his band). Months after, her husband searched for her, hoping they'll be reconciled once again, which is what happened next. The concubine's father welcomed the man with hospitality, and after a few days they have to go back to their home. En route, they decided they need to rest, when an old man offered them his house. They accepted, unfortunately, the old man has a very unpleasant neighbourhood. People keep banging at the old man's house, greatly wanting to molest his guests, especially the Levite man. In fear of danger on his life, the Levite man threw his wife outdoor, resulting with the perverts raping her all throughout night. And we aren't on the climax of the story yet. Morning came, the man saw his wife lying weak on the door, he force her to stand up, unsuccessfully, then drag her back to his home, chop her in pieces, and distributed those pieces to every tribe in Israel as a show of how brutal and sinful that land is. What the heck?! We don't know if the concubine is still alive or dead while being amputated. Yet many scholars says that she'd just weak and fainted.

2. The Genocides
Canaan is the promised land by God for Israel, unfortunately, tribes are now settled themselves within it. In order to claim all of the land promised, they must kill all civilizations living on Canaan. Let's have a bullet list of some of the genocides:
a. Joshua 6:20-21. God helps the Israelites destroy Jericho, killing “men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
b. Deuteronomy 2:32-35, God has the Israelites kill everyone in Heshbon, including children.
c. Numbers 31:7-18. the Israelites kill all the Midianites except for the virgins, whom they take as spoils of war.
d. 1 Samuel 15:1-9, God tells the Israelites to kill all the Amalekites – men, women, children, infants, and their cattle – for something the Amalekites’ ancestors had done 400 years earlier.

1. Jephtah's daughter (Judges 11:34)
Not really brutal or morbid, yet heartbreaking. Might be one of the, if not the most disappointing story in the Bible, for me. Jepthah vowed to Yahweh, that if he defeated the Ammonites in a battle, whatever or whoever comes out first on the door of his house to meet him, shall be offered to the Lord. Yeah, he won, he is very happy just as the Israel, but when he came home, it is his daughter, his only child, that met him. Seriously, wasn't he thinking it might happen? Who might welcome him first after a grand victory other than his only child? His dog? However, he fulfilled his rash vow and sacrificed his beautiful daughter. Just like Stannis, poor Shireen.

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