Bible study 172 – Deuteronomy 20Posted: March 25, 2017
Moses asks his military officers to give their troops the least encouraging battle muster I’ve ever seen: Any warrior who has basically anything undone in their lives (unmarried fiancés, unharvested vine ranks), or who is just scared, should go home, since there is a large chance they will die.
Enemy cities that sue for peace shall “only” be subject to forced labour; cities that resist shall be annihilated. But the Israelites must take great care not to cut down trees bearing fruit during a siege, for, as Moses rhetorically asks: “Are trees in the field human beings that they should come under siege from you?”
You may, however, take as your booty the women, the children, livestock, and everything else in the town, all its spoil.