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Deuteronomy 20 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots, an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. 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 engage in battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the troops, 2 When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army.
3 and shall say to them: "Hear, O Israel! Today you are drawing near to do battle against your enemies. Do not lose heart, or be afraid, or panic, or be in dread of them; 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 it is the Lord your God who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to 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 officials shall address the troops, saying, "Has anyone built a new house but not dedicated it? He should go back to his house, or he might die in the battle and another dedicate it. 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 planted a vineyard but not yet enjoyed its fruit? He should go back to his house, or he might die in the battle and another be first to enjoy its fruit. 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 become engaged to a woman but not yet married her? He should go back to his house, or he might die in the battle and another marry her." 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 The officials shall continue to address the troops, saying, "Is anyone afraid or disheartened? He should go back to his house, or he might cause the heart of his comrades to melt like his own." 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 officials have finished addressing the troops, then the commanders shall take charge of them. 9 When the officers have finished speaking to the army, they shall appoint commanders over it.
10 When you draw near to a town to fight against it, offer it terms of peace. 10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace.
11 If it accepts your terms of peace and surrenders to you, then all the people in it shall serve you at 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 If it does not submit to you peacefully, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it; 12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city.
13 and when the Lord your God gives it into your hand, you shall put all its males to the sword. 13 When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it.
14 You may, however, take as your booty the women, the children, livestock, and everything else in the town, all its spoil. You may enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which 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 Thus you shall treat all the towns that are very far from you, which are not towns of the nations here. 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 But as for the towns of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, you must not let anything that breathes remain alive. 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 shall annihilate them—the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites—just as the Lord your God has commanded, 17 Completely destroy them--the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites--as the LORD your God has commanded you.
18 so that they may not teach you to do all the abhorrent things that they do for their gods, and you thus sin 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 If you besiege a town for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you must not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them. Although you may take food from them, you must not cut them down. Are trees in the field human beings that they should come under siege from you? 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 You may destroy only the trees that you know do not produce food; you may cut them down for use in building siegeworks against the town that makes war with you, 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.