Priests and officers in war
20:1 When you go out to battle
against your enemies, and seeing horses, and chariots, [and] a
people more than you, be not afraid of them for the LORD your God
[is] with ya'll, which brought ya'll up out of the land of Egypt.
20:2 And it shall be, when ya'll are come near unto the battle, that
the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,
20:3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ya'll approach this
day unto battle against your enemies let not your hearts faint,
fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ya'll terrified because of
20:4 For the LORD your God [is] he that goes with you, to fight
for you against your enemies, to save you.
20:5 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What
man [is there] that has built a new house, and has not
dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, unless he die in
the battle, and another man dedicate it.
20:6 And what man [is he] that has planted a vineyard, and has
not [yet] eaten of it? let him [also] go and return unto his
house, unless he die in the battle, and another man eat of it.
20:7 And what man [is there] that has betrothed a wife, and has
not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, unless he die
in the battle, and another man take her.
20:8 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and
they shall say, What man [is there that is] fearful and
fainthearted ? let him go and return unto his house, unless his
brethren's heart faint as well as his heart.
20:9 And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of
speaking unto the people, that they shall make captains of the
armies to lead the people.
20:10 When you come near unto a city to fight against it, then
proclaim peace unto it.
20:11 And it shall be, if it make ya'll answer of peace, and open
unto ya'll, then it shall be, [that] all the people [that is]
found therein shall be tributaries unto ya'll, and they shall
20:12 And if it will make no peace with ya'll, but will make war
against ya'll, then you will besiege it
20:13 And when the LORD your God has delivered it into your
hands, you will strike every male thereof with the edge of the
20:14 But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all
that is in the city, [even] all the spoil thereof, will you
take unto yourself; and you will eat the spoil of your enemies,
which the LORD your God has given ya'll.
20:15 This will you do unto all the cities [which are] very far
off from ya'll, which [are] not of the cities of these nations.
20:16 But of the cities of these people, which the LORD your God
does give ya'll [for] an inheritance, you will save alive
nothing that breathes
20:17 But you will utterly destroy them; [namely], the
Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites,
the Hivites, and the Jebusites ; as the LORD your God has commanded ya'll
20:18 That they teach you not to do after all their abominations,
which they have done unto their gods ; so should ya'll sin against
the LORD your God.
20:19 When you will besiege a city a long time, in making war
against it to take it, you will not destroy the trees thereof
by forcing an axe against them for you may eat of them, and
you will not cut them down(for the tree of the field [is] man's
[life]) to employ [them] in the siege
20:20 Only the trees which you know that they [be] not trees
for meat, you will destroy and cut them down; and you will
build bulwarks against the city that makes war with ya'll, until
it be subdued.
Deuteronomy Index || Main Index
1 || Chapter 2 || Chapter 3
4 || Chapter 5 || Chapter
6 || Chapter 7 || Chapter 8
9 || Chapter 10
11 || |Chapter 12 || Chapter 13
14 || Chapter 15 || Chapter
16 || Chapter 17 || Chapter 18
19 || Chapter 20
21 || Chapter 22 || Chapter 23
24 || Chapter 25 || Chapter
26 || Chapter 27 || Chapter 28
29 || Chapter 30
31 || Chapter 32 || Chapter 33