Tag Archives: Deuteronomy 20

leaving the fruitful trees

leaving the fruitful trees Deuteronomy 20:19-20 (JDV) Deuteronomy 20:19 “When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it in order to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because … Continue reading

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destroying the defiled

destroying the defiled Deuteronomy 20:15 This is how you are to treat all the cities that are far away from you and are not among the cities of these nations. Deuteronomy 20:16 However, you must not let any breathing thing … Continue reading

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first seek peace

first seek peace Deuteronomy 20:10-14 (JDV) Deuteronomy 20:10 “When you approach a city to fight against it, make an offer of peace. Deuteronomy 20:11 If it answers your offer of peace and opens its gates to you, all the people … Continue reading

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pep talk 2

pep talk 2 Deuteronomy 20:8-9 (JDV) Deuteronomy 20:8 The officers will address the army again and say, ‘Is there any man who is afraid or cowardly? Let him leave and return home, so that his brothers won’t lose heart as … Continue reading

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pep talk 1

Deuteronomy 20:5-7 (JDV) pep talk 1 Deuteronomy 20:5 “The officers are to address the army, and this is what you should say: ‘Has any man built a new house and not dedicated it? Let him leave and return home. Or … Continue reading

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confidence instead of fear

confidence instead of fear Deuteronomy 20:1-4 (JDV) Deuteronomy 20:1 “When you go out to war against your enemies and see horses, chariots, and an army larger than yours, do not be afraid of them, because Yahveh your God, who brought … Continue reading

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in retrospect: wise warfare

Deuteronomy 20 Moses would not participate in the wars he spoke of, but his words would guide those who did.  Warriors had to be free of other concerns and pursuits, and must be aware of the bigger picture.  That had … Continue reading

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