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
"For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies."
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 of it.||
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 ... all the people that is found therein ... shall serve thee."
Enslave those that you conquer in war.
Does God approve of slavery?
In the cities that god "delivers" to you, kill all the males (including old
men, boys, and babies) with "the edge of the sword.... But the women, and the little ones ... shalt thou
take unto yourself."
What the Bible says about Pedophilia
(20:13) "When the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:"
(20:14) "But the women, and the little ones ... shalt thou take unto thyself."
Kill the old men and women, the sick and the dying, the blind
and the lame, pregnant mothers, nursing mothers, infants, toddlers, and babies.
How should the Canaanites be treated?
What the Bible says about Genocide
(20:16) "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:"
(20:17) "But thou shalt utterly destroy them ... as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee."
When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace
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,
thou take unto thyself; and thou
shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given
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
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:||
(20:19) Kill the people, but spare the trees.|
"When thou shalt besiege a city ... thou shalt not destroy the trees."
Spare the trees?
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.