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Deuteronomy 20
New Living Translation

Regulations concerning War

20"When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you!H3318H4421H341H7200H5483H7393H5971H7227H3372H3068H430H5927H776H4714 2When you prepare for battle, the priest must come forward to speak to the troops.H7126H4421H3548H5066H1696H5971 3He will say to them, 'Listen to me, all you men of Israel! Do not be afraid as you go out to fight your enemies today! Do not lose heart or panic or tremble before them.H559H8085H3478H7131H3117H4421H341H3824H7401H3372H2648H6206H6440 4For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!'H3068H430H1980H3898H341H3467 5"Then the officers of the army must address the troops and say, 'Has anyone here just built a new house but not yet dedicated it? If so, you may go home! You might be killed in the battle, and someone else would dedicate your house.H7860H1696H5971H559H376H1129H2319H1004H2596H3212H7725H1004H4191H4421H312H376H2596 6Has anyone here just planted a vineyard but not yet eaten any of its fruit? If so, you may go home! You might die in battle, and someone else would eat the first fruit.H376H5193H3754H2490H3212H7725H1004H4191H4421H312H376H2490 7Has anyone here just become engaged to a woman but not yet married her? Well, you may go home and get married! You might die in the battle, and someone else would marry her.'H376H781H802H3947H3212H7725H1004H4191H4421H312H376H3947 8"Then the officers will also say, 'Is anyone here afraid or worried? If you are, you may go home before you frighten anyone else.'H7860H1696H3254H5971H559H376H3373H7390H3824H3212H7725H1004H251H3824H4549H3824 9When the officers have finished speaking to their troops, they will appoint the unit commanders.H7860H3615H1696H5971H6485H8269H6635H7218H5971 10"As you approach a town to attack it, you must first offer its people terms for peace.H7126H5892H3898H7121H7965 11If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor.H6030H7965H6605H5971H4672H4522H5647 12But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town.H7999H6213H4421H6696 13When the LORD your God hands the town over to you, use your swords to kill every man in the town.H3068H430H5414H3027H5221H2138H6310H2719 14But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the plunder from your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.H802H2945H929H5892H7998H962H398H7998H341H3068H430H5414 15"But these instructions apply only to distant towns, not to the towns of the nations in the land you will enter.H6213H5892H3966H7350H2007H5892H1471 16In those towns that the LORD your God is giving you as a special possession, destroy every living thing.H5892H5971H3068H430H5414H5159H2421H5397 17You must completely destroy the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, just as the LORD your God has commanded you.H2763H2763H2850H567H3669H6522H2340H2983H3068H430H6680 18This will prevent the people of the land from teaching you to imitate their detestable customs in the worship of their gods, which would cause you to sin deeply against the LORD your God.H3925H6213H8441H6213H430H2398H3068H430 19"When you are attacking a town and the war drags on, you must not cut down the trees with your axes. You may eat the fruit, but do not cut down the trees. Are the trees your enemies, that you should attack them?H6696H5892H7227H3117H3898H8610H7843H6086H5080H1631H398H3772H6086H7704H120H935H6440H4692 20You may only cut down trees that you know are not valuable for food. Use them to make the equipment you need to attack the enemy town until it falls.H6086H3045H6086H3978H7843H3772H1129H4692H5892H6213H4421H3381


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