Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO DEUTERONOMY 20\\

In this chapter rules are given to be observed in times of war. When
a battle was near, a priest was to address the soldiers, and
encourage them to fight, \\#De 20:1-4\\, then the officers were to
declare who might return home, \\#De 20:5-9\\ when an enemy's city
was approached, peace was to be proclaimed on certain conditions,
which, if accepted of, the inhabitants were to be tributaries and
servants, but if not, when taken, all were to be put to the sword,
excepting women, children, and cattle, \\#De 20:10-15\\, but those of
the seven nations were to be utterly destroyed, \\#De 20:16-18\\,
and, during a siege, no trees bearing fruit fit for food
were to be cut down, \\#De 20:19\\.