Deuteronomy 20:19 NIV

19 When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees of the field people, that you should besiege them?a

References for Deuteronomy 20:19

    • b 20:19 - Or "down to use in the siege, for the fruit trees are for the benefit of man."