Deuteronomy 20:11
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New International Version
If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you.

New Living Translation
If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor.

English Standard Version
And if it responds to you peaceably and it opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall do forced labor for you and shall serve you.

New American Standard Bible
"If it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If it accepts your offer of peace and opens its gates to you, all the people found in it will become forced laborers for you and serve you.

International Standard Version
If it agrees to peace and welcomes you, then all the people found in it will serve you as forced laborers.

NET Bible
If it accepts your terms and submits to you, all the people found in it will become your slaves.

New Heart English Bible
It shall be, if it makes you answer of peace, and opens to you, then it shall be, that all the people who are found therein shall become tributary to you, and shall serve you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If they accept it and open [their gates] to you, then all the people there will be made to do forced labor and serve you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that are found therein shall become tributary unto thee, and shall serve thee.

New American Standard 1977
“And it shall come about, if it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then it shall be that all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it shall be, if it makes thee an answer of peace and opens unto thee, that all the people that are found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee.

King James 2000 Bible
And it shall be, if it makes to you an answer of peace, and opens unto you, then it shall be, that all the people that are found therein shall be subject unto you, and they shall serve you.

American King James Version
And it shall be, if it make you answer of peace, and open to you, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries to you, and they shall serve you.

American Standard Version
And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that are found therein shall become tributary unto thee, and shall serve thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If they receive it, and open the gates to thee, all the people that are therein, shall be saved, and shall serve thee paying tribute.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then all the people that are found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee.

English Revised Version
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 become tributary unto thee, and shall serve thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it shall be, if it shall make thee answer of peace, and open to thee, then it shall be, that all the people that are found therein, shall be tributaries to thee, and they shall serve thee.

World English Bible
It shall be, if it makes you answer of peace, and opens to you, then it shall be, that all the people who are found therein shall become tributary to you, and shall serve you.

Young's Literal Translation
and it hath been, if Peace it answer thee, and hath opened to thee, then it hath come to pass -- all the people who are found in it are to thee for tributaries, and have served thee.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
20:10-12 The Israelites are here directed about the nations on whom they made war. Let this show God's grace in dealing with sinners. He proclaims peace, and beseeches them to be reconciled. Let it also show us our duty in dealing with our brethren. Whoever are for war, we must be for peace. Of the cities given to Israel, none of their inhabitants must be left. Since it could not be expected that they should be cured of their idolatry, they would hurt Israel. These regulations are not the rules of our conduct, but Christ's law of love. The horrors of war must fill the feeling heart with anguish upon every recollection; and are proofs of the wickedness of man, the power of Satan, and the just vengeance of God, who thus scourges a guilty world. But how dreadful their case who are engaged in unequal conflict with their Maker, who will not submit to render him the easy tribute of worship and praise! Certain ruin awaits them. Let neither the number nor the power of the enemies of our souls dismay us; nor let even our own weakness cause us to tremble or to faint. The Lord will save us; but in this war let none engage whose hearts are fond of the world, or afraid of the cross and the conflict. Care is here taken that in besieging cities the fruit-trees should not be destroyed. God is a better friend to man than he is to himself; and God's law consults our interests and comforts; while our own appetites and passions, which we indulge, are enemies to our welfare. Many of the Divine precepts restrain us from destroying that which is for our life and food. The Jews understand this as forbidding all wilful waste upon any account whatsoever. Every creature of God is good; as nothing is to be refused, so nothing is to be abused. We may live to want what we carelessly waste.
Study Bible
Laws of Warfare
10"When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace. 11"If it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you. 12"However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 20:10
"When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace.

Deuteronomy 20:12
"However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.

Joshua 9:8
But they said to Joshua, "We are your servants." Then Joshua said to them, "Who are you and where do you come from?"

1 Kings 9:21
their descendants who were left after them in the land whom the sons of Israel were unable to destroy utterly, from them Solomon levied forced laborers, even to this day.

2 Kings 6:22
He answered, "You shall not kill them. Would you kill those you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master."
Treasury of Scripture

And it shall be, if it make you answer of peace, and open to you, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries to you, and they shall serve you.

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Leviticus 25:42-46 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of …

Joshua 9:22,23,27 And Joshua called for them, and he spoke to them, saying, Why have …

Joshua 11:19,20 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, …

Joshua 16:10 And they drove not out the Canaanites that dwelled in Gezer: but …

Judges 1:28,30-35 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites …

1 Kings 9:21,22 Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children …

Psalm 120:7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

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