When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and
chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is
with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall
approach and speak unto the people,
And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against
your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye
terrified because of them;
For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your
enemies, to save you.
And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath
built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest
he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it.
And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let
him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat
And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him
go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.
And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man
is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest
his brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart.
And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people
that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.
When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto
And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall
be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they
shall serve thee.
And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou
shalt besiege it:
And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite
every male thereof with the edge of the sword:
But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city,
even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil
of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are
not of the cities of these nations.
But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an
inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:
But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the
Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God
hath commanded thee:
That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done
unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.
When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it,
thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou
mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is
man’s life) to employ them in the siege:
Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt
destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh
war with thee, until it be subdued.