As for the women, the children, the livestock1 and everything else in the city,2 you may take these as plunder3 for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies.
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?b