Deuteronomy 20 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The LORD your God, who brought you safely out of Egypt, is with you! 1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.
2 Before you go into battle, the priest will come forward to speak with the troops. 2 When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army.
3 He will say, 'Listen to me, all you men of Israel! Do not be afraid as you go out to fight today! Do not lose heart or panic. 3 He shall say: "Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them.
4 For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!'" 4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."
5 "Then the officers of the army will address the troops and say, 'Has anyone just built a new house but not yet dedicated it? If so, go home! You might be killed in the battle, and someone else would dedicate your house! 5 The officers shall say to the army: "Has anyone built a new house and not dedicated it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else may dedicate it.
6 Has anyone just planted a vineyard but not yet eaten any of its fruit? If so, go home! You might die in battle, and someone else would eat from it! 6 Has anyone planted a vineyard and not begun to enjoy it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else enjoy it.
7 Has anyone just become engaged? Well, go home and get married! You might die in the battle, and someone else would marry your fianc‚e.' 7 Has anyone become pledged to a woman and not married her? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else marry her."
8 Then the officers will also say, 'Is anyone terrified? If you are, go home before you frighten anyone else.' 8 Then the officers shall add, "Is any man afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his brothers will not become disheartened too."
9 When the officers have finished saying this to their troops, they will announce the names of the unit commanders." 9 When the officers have finished speaking to the army, they shall appoint commanders over it.
10 "As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. 10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace.
11 If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. 11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you.
12 But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. 12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city.
13 When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. 13 When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it.
14 But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you. 14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies.
15 But these instructions apply only to distant towns, not to the towns of nations nearby." 15 This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby.
16 "As for the towns of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as a special possession, destroy every living thing in them. 16 However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.
17 You must completely destroy the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, just as the LORD your God has commanded you. 17 Completely destroy them--the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites--as the LORD your God has commanded you.
18 This will keep the people of the land from teaching you their detestable customs in the worship of their gods, which would cause you to sin deeply against the LORD your God." 18 Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the LORD your God.
19 "When you are besieging a town and the war drags on, do not destroy the trees. Eat the fruit, but do not cut down the trees. They are not enemies that need to be attacked! 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?
20 But you may cut down trees that you know are not valuable for food. Use them to make the equipment you need to besiege the town until it falls." 20 However, you may cut down trees that you know are not fruit trees and use them to build siege works until the city at war with you falls.