"Who killed Saul?" (Alleged Contradiction #E4649)
… Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. … So Saul died …
I Samuel 31:4, 6
I am an Amalekite … So I stood upon [Saul], and slew him …
II Samuel 1:8-10
… the Philistines had slain Saul …
II Samuel 21:12
And [Saul] inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
I Chronicles 10:14
See also: I Chronicles 10:4
The LORD used the Philistines to kill Saul. Technically, Saul killed himself, but it was only because the Philistines were just about to. Thus, the LORD caused the Philistines to prevail against Saul, which caused Saul to kill himself. Thus, in a sense the LORD, the Philistines, and Saul were each responsible for his death.
The Amalekite was lying to David because he thought he would get a reward from David for killing Saul, as Saul was David’s enemy.
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