1:10 I stood beside him and killed him. The Amalekite must have happened upon Saul’s body before the Philistines (1 Sam. 31:8). In the hopes of receiving a reward from David he fabricated a part for himself in Saul’s death.
crown . . . armlet. The crown in view is presumably a lighter version of the heavy state crown. The way in which Saul’s regalia came into David’s possession is a stark contrast to Jonathan’s voluntary surrender of his robe and weapons to David (1 Sam. 18:4 and note). This contrast epitomizes the radically different responses of Saul and Jonathan to the divine will with respect to David and the house of Saul (e.g., 1 Sam. 18:28, 29; 19:4; 20:30, 31; 23:17, 18).