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Deuteronomy 20

The priest's exhortation to encourage the people to battle.

Deuteronomy 20:1 When thou goest out to battel agaynst thyne enemyes, and seest horses and charettes, and people mo then thou, be not afrayed of them, for the Lorde thy God is wyth the, whyche broughte the out of the lande of Egypte. Deuteronomy 20:2 And when ye are come nye vnto battell, þe Preaste shall come forth to speake vnto þe people, Deuteronomy 20:3 and shall saye vnto them: Heare O Israel, ye are come vnto battell agaynste youre enemyes let not youre hartes faynte, nether feare, nor be amased nor adread of them. Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord youre God goeth wt you, to fighte for you agaynste youre enemyes, & to saue you.

The officers' proclamation who are to be dismissed from the war.

Deuteronomy 20:5 And let the offycers speake vnto the people, sayinge: If any man haue bylt a newe house, and haue not dedicate it, let hym go & returne to hys house, lest he dye in þe battell, and another man dedicate it. Deuteronomy 20:6 And yf any man haue planted a vyneyarde, & haue not made it comen let him go & returne agayne vnto hys house, lest he dye in the batell, and another make it comen. Deuteronomy 20:7 And yf any man be betrauthed vnto a wyfe, and haue not taken her, let him go and returne agayne vnto hys house, lest he dye in the battell, and another man take her. Deuteronomy 20:8 And let the offycers speake further vnto the people, and saye: If any man feare and be faynte herted, let hym go and returne vnto hys house, lest he make hys brothers hert faynte as well as hys. Deuteronomy 20:9 And when the offycers haue made and ende of speakynge vnto the people, they shall make captaynes of warre ouer them:

How to use the cities that accept or refuse the proclamation of peace.

Deuteronomy 20:10 When þu comest nye vnto a cytie to fyght agaynst it offre them peace. Deuteronomy 20:11 And yf they answere the agayne peasably, and open vnto þe, then let all the people that is founde therin, be tributaryes vnto the, and serue the. Deuteronomy 20:12 And yf they wyll make no peace wt the, but make warre agaynste þe, thou shalt besege it. Deuteronomy 20:13 And when the Lorde thy God hath delyuered it into thyne handes, thou shalt smyte all the males therof wyth the edge of the swerde: Deuteronomy 20:14 But the wemen and the chyldren, and the catell, and all that is in the cytie, and all the spoyle therof, shalt thou take vnto thy selfe, and eate the spoyle of thyne enemyes, which the Lorde thy God hath geuen the. Deuteronomy 20:15 Thus shalt thou do vnto all the cyties whych are a greate waye of from the, and not of the cyties of these nacyons.

What cities must be devoted.

Deuteronomy 20:16 But of the cyties of these nacions, which the Lorde thy God shall geue the to enheret, thou shalt saue alyue nothinge that bretheth. Deuteronomy 20:17 But shalt destroye them without redempcyon, namely the Hethites, þe Amorites, the Cananites, the Pherezites, the Heuites, and the Iebusites, as the Lorde thy God hath commaunded the, Deuteronomy 20:18 that they teache you not to do after all their abhominacyons, whych they haue done vnto their goddes, & so ye shulde synne agaynst the Lorde youre God.

Trees of man's meat must not be destroyed in the siege.

Deuteronomy 20:19 When thou hast beseged a cytie longe tyme, and made warre agaynst it to take it, destroye not the trees therof, that thou woldest thrust an axe vnto them: But eate of them, and cut them not downe. For the trees of the feldes are no men, to come agaynst the and so besege the. Deuteronomy 20:20 Onely those trees whych thou knowest that they are not frutefull. those shalt thou destroye and cutt downe, & make bulworkes agaynst the cytie that maketh warre wyth the, vntyll thou subdue it.

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