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Deuteronomy 20 - NIV
Going to War
Going to War
1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.
2 When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army.
3 He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them.
4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
5 The officers shall say to the army: “Has anyone built a new house and not yet begun to live in it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else may begin to live in it.
6 Has anyone planted a vineyard and not begun to enjoy it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else enjoy it.
7 Has anyone become pledged to a woman and not married her? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else marry her.”
8 Then the officers shall add, “Is anyone afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his fellow soldiers will not become disheartened too.”
9 When the officers have finished speaking to the army, they shall appoint commanders over it.
10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace.
11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you.
12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city.
13 When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it.
14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies.
15 This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby.
16 However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.
18 Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God.
19 When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?[b]
20 However, you may cut down trees that you know are not fruit trees and use them to build siege works until the city at war with you falls.
Sermons on Deuteronomy 20
Contributed by Bruce Ball on Nov 10, 2014
We are called to remember many things, including our veterans. This sermon analyzed why and how we can show our love, appreciation and our thanks to them for all the things they have afforded our nation.
This coming Tuesday is our yearly Veteran’s Day holiday. It is a time set apart to remember, celebrate and honor our veterans. But to do so properly, I think we should know what the word “veteran” means. So, I looked it up in the dictionary. The definition of ...read more
Contributed by Melvin Maughmer, Jr. on Jan 9, 2014
There can be no coexistence of sin and a godly life. There are something's that need to die.
“It’s has to die” By Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr. TEXT:- Exodus 20:13 is the sixth commandment it says "Thou shalt not kill." Deuteronomy 20:16-18 “But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing ...read more
Contributed by Andy Grossman on Nov 8, 2012
An evaluation of the election and honoring vets
“Veteran’s Day” November 11, 2012 Deuteronomy 20:1-4 “When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. When you are ...read more
Contributed by Daren Mitchell on May 22, 2012
In Deuteronomy 20 Moses tells the Israelite people how God wants them to conquer the promised land. He provides the principles of war. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that we fight a war today. Are the principles similar?
In Deuteronomy 20 Moses tells the Israelite people how God wants them to conquer the promised land. He provides the principles of War. In short they are: 1. Don’t be afraid (vs. 1) 2. Be courageous and dependent on God (vs. 2-4) 3. Offer peace (to those outside the promised land) (vs. ...read more
Contributed by Joe Rowland on Oct 19, 2009
I dreamed that I was in the dark. I had a feeling of hopelessness. I was afraid. All of a sudden, God’s presence came upon me. I started to shout, “Jesus”. I no longer felt hopeless. I was not afraid to be in the dark. I knew that God was with me.
In The Dark- Part Two Deuteronomy 20:1-4 1 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. 2 And it shall be, when ye are ...read more