Who killed Saul? In 1 Samuel 31, it says that Saul asked his armorbearer to kill him when he was wounded critically but the armorbearer refused and Saul commited suicide. But in 2 Samuel 1, it is an Amalekite who claimed to kill Saul and David punished him for it.

The first account of Saul’s death seems to be authentic. There is a detailed description how Saul died together with the armorbearer. The Amalekite was apparently near the scene. But he lied to David about killing Saul in order to justify that he had taken Saul’s crown as he probably expected a reward from David. But he miscounted totally and paid the ultimate price for getting involved with God’s anointed.