Deuteronomy 20

CHAPTER 20

Concerning War

And if you should go forth to war against your enemies, and you should behold a horse, and rider, and [2people 1many more] than you, do not be fearful of them! for the  lord your God is with you, the one bringing you from the land of Egypt. And it will be whenever you should approach to the war, that [3drawing near 1the 2priest] shall speak to the people, and shall say to them, Hear, O Israel! You go today to war with your enemies; do not loosen your heart; do not fear nor be devastated, nor turn aside from their face! For the  lord your God, the one going forth with you, he shall join in war with you against your enemies, and he shall preserve you. And [3shall speak 1the 2scribes] to the people, saying, Who is the man building [2house 1a new], and did not dedicate it? Let him go and return to his house! lest he die in the war, and [2man 1another] shall dedicate it. And Who is the man whoever plants a vineyard, and was not glad from it? Let him go, and let him return to his house! lest he should die in the war, and [2man 1another] be glad from out of his labor. And who is the man who has espoused a woman, and did not take her? Let him go, and let him return to his house! lest he die in the war, and [2man 1another] shall take her. And [3shall add 1the 2scribes] to speak to the people, and shall say, Who is the man, the one fearing and timid in the heart? Let him go, and let him return to his house! that he should not make timid the heart of his brother, as he. And it will be whenever [3should cease 1the 2scribes] speaking to the people, that they shall place rulers of the military taking lead of the people. 10 And if you should come forward to a city to wage war against it, that you should call them forth with peace. 11 And it shall be if then they should peaceably answer you, and open to you, it shall be that all the people being found in it shall be [2to you 1tributaries], and subjects to you. 12 But if they should not obey you, and should make [2against 3you 1war], and you shall besiege it, 13 and [3shall deliver 4it 1the  lord 2your God] into your hands, then you shall strike every male of it by carnage of the sword, 14 except the women and the belongings. And all the cattle, and all as much as exists in the city, and all the chattel you shall despoil for yourself, and you shall eat all the plunder of your enemy, whom the  lord your God gives to you. 15 Thus you shall do for all the cities [2far away 1being] from you exceedingly, which are not from the cities of these nations which the  lord your God gives to you to inherit their land. 16 But behold, from the cities of these nations which the  lord your God gives to you to inherit their land, you shall not take alive any one breathing. 17 But you shall devote them to consumption -- the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and Perizzite, and Hivite, and Jebusite, and Gergesite; in which manner [3gave charge 4to you 1the  lord 2your God]; 18 that they should not teach you to do all their abominations, as many as they made unto their gods, that you shall sin before the  lord your God. 19 But if you should besiege around a city [2days 1many] to wage war against it for taking it, you shall not utterly destroy its trees by putting upon them an iron axe; but of it you shall eat, [3it down 1but 2you shall not cut]; nor is a man [2the 3tree 4in 5the 6grove 1to enter unto] from your presence for the siege mound? 20 But the tree which you know that [2not 3fruit-bearing 1it is], this you shall annihilate, and you shall cut it, and shall build a siege mound at the city, whichever makes [2against 3you 1war], until whenever it should be delivered up.
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