David was sincere in his mourning for Saul; and all with him humbled themselves under the hand of God, laid so heavily upon Israel by this defeat. The man who brought the tidings, David put to death, as a murderer of his prince. David herein did not do unjustly; the Amalekite confessed the crime. If he did as he said, he deserved to die for treason; and his lying to David, if indeed it were a lie, proved, as sooner or later that sin will prove, lying against himself. Hereby David showed himself zealous for public justice, without regard to his own private interest.
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SDA Bible Commentary (limited)
14. Not afraid. David had twice had the opportunity to take the life of Saul but had refused to lift up his hand against the Lord’s anointed. He regarded the act of murdering a king a base crime against the nation as well as against God. For a foreigner to slay the king whom God had appointed and who had been anointed with the holy oil of the Lord, he considered a most heinous offense, to be expiated only by death.