1"When you go out to battleagainst your enemies and see1horses and chariots and peoplemorenumerousthan you, 2do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, whobrought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.
"When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall comenear and speak to the people.
"He shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battleagainst your enemiestoday. Do not be fainthearted . 3Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremblebefore them,
for the LORD your God4is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.'
"The officers also shall speak to the people, saying, 'Who is the man that has built a newhouse and has not 5dedicated it? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and anotherman would dedicate it.
6'Who is the man that has planted a vineyard and has not abegun to use its fruit? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and anothermanbwould begin to use its fruit.
'6And who is the man that is engaged to a woman and has not cmarried her? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and anothermandwould marry her.'
"Then the officers shall speakfurther to the people and say, '7Who is the man that is afraid and fainthearted ? Let him depart and return to his house, so that ehe might not make his brothers'heartsmelt like his heart.'
"When the officers have finishedspeaking to the people, they shall appointcommanders of armies at the head of the people.
10"When you approach a city to fightagainst it, you shall foffer it terms of peace.
11"If it gagrees to makepeace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your 8forcedlabor and shall serve you.
"However, if it does not makepeace with you, but makeswaragainst you, then you shall besiege it.
"When the LORD your Godgives it into your hand, 9you shall strikeall the hmen in it with the edge of the sword.
14"Only the women and the children and 10the animals and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as booty for yourself; and you shall iuse the spoil of your enemieswhich the LORD your God has given you.
15"Thus you shall do to all the cities that are veryfar from you, which are not of the cities of thesenationsjnearby.
"11Only in the cities of thesepeoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leavealiveanything that breathes.
"But you shall kutterlydestroy them, the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, as the LORD your God has commanded you,
18so that they may not teach you to do12according to all their detestablethingswhich they have done for their gods, so that you would 13sin against the LORD your God.
19"When you besiege a city a longtime, to makewaragainst it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by swinging an axeagainst them; for you may eat from them, and you shall not cut them down. lFor is the tree of the field a man, that it should mbe besieged by you?
20"Only the treeswhich you knownare not fruittrees you shall destroy and cutdown, that you may constructsiegeworksagainst the city that is makingwar with you until it falls.