Deuteronomy 19

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The Fifth Book of Moses, called Deuteronomy

Chapter 20


When thou goest out4 to battle against thine enemies,6 and seest1 horses, and chariots, [and] a people more than thou, be not afraid4 of them: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee, which brought thee up56 out of the land of Egypt.


And it shall be, when ye are come nigh2 unto the battle, that the priest shall approach8 and speak14 unto the people,


And shall say1 unto them, Hear,3 O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies:6 let not your hearts faint,11 fear4 not, and do not tremble,4 neither be ye terrified4 because of them;


For the LORD your God [is] he that goeth6 with you, to fight9 for you against your enemies,6 to save53 you.


And the officers6 shall speak14 unto the people, saying,2 What man [is there] that hath built1 a new house, and hath not dedicated1 it? let him go4 and return4 to his house, lest he die4 in the battle, and another man dedicate4 it.


And what man [is he] that hath planted1 a vineyard, and hath not [yet] eaten14 of it? let him [also] go4 and return4 unto his house, lest he die4 in the battle, and another man eat17 of it.


And what man [is there] that hath betrothed14 a wife, and hath not taken1 her? let him go4 and return4 unto his house, lest he die4 in the battle, and another man take4 her.


And the officers6 shall speak15 further1 unto the people, and they shall say,1 What man [is there that is] fearful and fainthearted? 3824 let him go4 and return4 unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint11 as well as his heart.


And it shall be, when the officers6 have made an end15 of speaking15 unto the people, that they shall make1 captains of the armies to lead the people.


When thou comest nigh4 unto a city to fight9 against it, then proclaim1 peace unto it.


And it shall be, if it make thee answer4 of peace, and open1 unto thee, then it shall be, [that] all the people [that is] found12 therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve1 thee.


And if it will make no peace55 with thee, but will make1 war against thee, then thou shalt besiege1 it:


And when the LORD thy God hath delivered1 it into thine hands, thou shalt smite52 every male thereof with the edge of the sword:


But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, [even] all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take4 unto thyself; and thou shalt eat1 the spoil of thine enemies,6 which the LORD thy God hath given1 thee.


Thus shalt thou do4 unto all the cities [which are] very far off from thee, which [are] not of the cities of these nations.


But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give6 thee [for] an inheritance, thou shalt save alive17 nothing that breatheth:


But thou shalt utterly53 destroy55 them; [namely], the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded14 thee:


That they teach17 you not to do2 after all their abominations, which they have done1 unto their gods; so should ye sin1 against the LORD your God.


When thou shalt besiege4 a city a long time, in making war9 against it to take2 it, thou shalt not destroy55 the trees thereof by forcing2 an axe against them: for thou mayest eat4 of them, and thou shalt not cut them down4 (for the tree of the field [is] man's [life]) to employ2 6440 [them] in the siege:


Only the trees which thou knowest4 that they [be] not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy55 and cut them down;1 and thou shalt build1 bulwarks against the city that maketh6 war with thee, until it be subdued.2

Deuteronomy 21





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