Deuteronomy 20:10

10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace.

Read Deuteronomy 20:10 Using Other Translations

When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it.
"When you draw near to a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it.
“As you approach a town to attack it, you must first offer its people terms for peace.

What does Deuteronomy 20:10 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 20:10

When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it
This is to be understood of an arbitrary war, as Jarchi observes; which they engaged in of themselves, or were provoked to by their enemies; which was their own choice, and according to their own will and pleasure; and their conduct towards their enemies in it was different from that in a war with the seven nations, commanded by the Lord, and distinguished from it, ( Deuteronomy 20:15 Deuteronomy 20:16 ) .

then proclaim peace unto it;
that is, offer them terms of peace; which were, that the inhabitants of it should renounce idolatry, and become their tributaries and servants.

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