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Deuteronomy 20

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1“When your soldiers go to fight your enemies, and you see that they have many horses and chariots and that their army is much bigger than yours, do not be afraid of them, because Yahweh our God, who brought your ancestors safely out of Egypt, will be with you.
2When you are ready to start the battle, the Supreme Priest must stand in front of the troops.
3He must say to them, ‘You Israeli men, listen to me! Today you are going to fight against your enemies. Do not be timid or afraid DOU or tremble or panic DOU,
4because Yahweh our God will go with you. He will fight your enemies for you, and he will enable you to defeat them.’
5Then the army officers must say to the troops, ‘If anyone among you has just built a new house RHQ and has not dedicated it to God, he should go home and dedicate the house. If he does not do that, if he dies in the battle, someone else will dedicate the house and live in it.
6If anyone among you has planted a vineyard and has not yet harvested any grapes from it RHQ, he should go home. If he stays here and dies in the battle, someone else will harvest the grapes and enjoy the wine made from them.
7If anyone among you has become engaged to marry a woman but has not married her yet RHQ, he should go home. If he stays here and dies in the battle, someone else will marry her.’
8Then the officers must also say, ‘If anyone among you is afraid or timid RHQ, he should go home, in order that he does not cause his fellow soldiers to also stop being courageous.’
9And when the officers have finished speaking to the troops, they must appoint commanders to lead the groups of soldiers.
10When you come near a city that is far away to attack it, first tell the people there that if they surrender, you will not attack them.
11If they open the gates of the city and surrender, they all will become your slaves to work for you.
12But if they refuse to surrender peacefully, and decide instead to fight against you, your troops must surround the city and break through the walls.
13Then, when Yahweh our God enables you to capture IDM the city, you must kill all the men in the city.
14But you are allowed to take for yourselves the women, the children, the livestock, and everything else that you want to take from the city. You will be allowed to enjoy all the things that belonged to your enemies; it is Yahweh our God who has given those things to you.
15You should do that in all the cities that are far from the land in which you will settle.
16But in the cities that are in the land that Yahweh our God is giving to you, you must kill all the people and all the animals LIT.
17You must get rid of them completely. Get rid of the Heth people-group, the Amor people-group, the Canaan people-group, the Periz people-group, the Hiv people-group, and the Jebus people-group; that is what Yahweh our God commanded you to do.
18If you do not do that, they will teach you to sin against Yahweh our God and do the disgusting things that they do when they worship their gods.

19When you surround a city for a long time, trying to capture it, do not cut down the fruit trees outside the city. You are allowed to eat the fruit from the trees, but do not get rid of the trees, because they certainly are not RHQ your enemies.
20You are permitted to cut down the other trees and use the wood to make ladders and towers to enable you to go over the walls and capture the city.”