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Deuteronomy 20 Commentary

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Deuteronomy 20:1-9 meaning

Moses commanded the Israelites not to fear their adversaries in the event of war because Yahweh, the great warrior, is the one who fights for them.

Deuteronomy 20:10-18 meaning

Moses prescribed regulations concerning how the Israelites are to conduct themselves in war against adversaries that are either far or near.

Deuteronomy 20:19-20 meaning

Moses asked the Israelites to protect the trees when they besiege a city. Non-fruit bearing trees could be cut down and used in building siegeworks, but fruit-bearing trees were to be left intact in order to produce food for the Israelite army.