Did King Saul commit suicide?

Answer: In1 Samual 31:4 you can read the passage of where King Saul took his sword and fell on it. Then the next passage tells of where his armorbearer saw that King Saul was dead. Then in Samuel 1:9 Amalekite saw that his(King Saul) life was still in him.

King Saul asked the Amalekite to kill him Then in chapter 2 verse 16 David had the Amalekite killed for killing the Lord's anointed I would think that King Saul attempted suicide and his armorbearer thought he was dead, yet he was not and when King Saul regained his conscience that the Amalekite just happend by that King Saul asked the Amalekite to kill him I don't think King Saul commited suicide, I think he was killed according to the words of David spoke saying to the Amalekite in verse 16 of chapter 1 in 2nd Samuel Further Comment From the above accounts it can be seen that Saul's intention was to commit suicide but was unsuccessful. He apparently did not want the Philistines to torture him and so wished to die quickly, hence his request to be dispatched Further Comment It depends on your interpretation of the verse. It says that he "fell on his sword" Which could mean that he was pushed and fell onto his sword, he jumped and landed on his sword on purpose or by accident, or he fell and landed on his sword.

Something that would make people say that he committed suicide is that in an earlier verse he asked his arms-bearer to kill him, so he probably committed suicide Further Comment It sounds like he meant to kill himself but failed, so he resorted to ordering someone to do it for him, like ancient assisted suicide.


Notice, however, that although God immediately pronounced judgment against King Saul, He withheld His omnipotent hand until a later date. Saul remained king over Israel and lived many years after his failure with the Amalakites. Could it be that perhaps the LORD was granting Saul an opportunity to repent and return to Him with faithful obedience?

After all, the Lord also waited nearly two full years for the early church to leave Jerusalem before He allowed them to be persecuted in Acts chapter eight. Could God also be holding back His judgment against any one of us at this very moment? Could He be waiting for us to finish (or even begin?) the ministry we have been appointed to, rather than making excuses for our lack of effort?

Regardless, however, do not misinterpret the fact that it was God—not man or devil—who ultimately killed King Saul. A Philistine archer launched the arrow that pierced his flesh and Saul subsequently committed suicide when he “took his sword and fell on it,” but God in His sovereignty ordained all of it to be (c.f. 1 Samuel 31:3-4).

As it clearly states in 1 Chronicles 10:13-14, “So Saul died for his treason which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, and did not inquire of the LORD. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse” (italics mine). The consequence of Saul’s idolatrous disobedience stands as a warning to everyone today who names the name of Christ.

The requirement of total obedience is as potent today as it was to the early church in the book of Acts. In the same way that there was a severe consequence for the early church being only partially obedient to God’s revealed will of Great Commission Discipleship, there will be a consequence for us as well; whether in this life or at the Judgment Seat of Christ.


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