|Overview - Deuteronomy 20|
|1||The priest's exhortation to encourage the people to battle.|
|5||The officers' proclamation of who are to be dismissed from the war.|
|10||How to use the cities that accept or refuse the proclamation of peace.|
|16||What cities must be devoted.|
|19||Trees of man's meat must not be destroyed in the siege.|
Deuteronomy 20:7 (King James Version)
And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.
- betrothed a wife
- It was customary among the Jews to contract matrimony, espouse, or betroth, and for a considerable time to leave the parties in the houses of the respective parents; and when the bridegroom had made proper preparations, then the bride was brought home to his house, and the marriage consummated. The provisions in this verse refer to a case of this kind; though the Jews extend it to him who had newly consummated his marriage, and even to him who had married his brother's wife. It was deemed a peculiar hardship for a person to be obliged to go to battle, who had left a house unfinished, newly purchased land half tilled, or a wife with whom he had just contracted marriage.
- 22:23-25 24:5 Matthew 1:18
- lest he die
- 28:30 Luke 14:18-20 ; 2 Timothy 2:4