DEUTERONOMY 20:12

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:”

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Deuteronomy 20:12 Translation & Meaning

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And if וְאִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
it will make no peace תַשְׁלִים֙ To be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications) make no peace
with עִמָּ֔ךְ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
thee, but will make וְעָֽשְׂתָ֥ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application make
war מִלְחָמָ֑ה A battle (i.e., the engagement); generally, war (i.e., war-fare) war
against עִמְּךָ֖ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) against
thee, then thou shalt besiege וְצַרְתָּ֖ To cramp, i.e., confine (in many applications, literally and figuratively, formative or hostile) then besiege
it: עָלֶֽיהָ׃ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications it

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  • 10  When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it.

  • 11  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.

  • 12  And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:

  • 13  And when the Lord thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:

  • 14  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.




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