Deuteronomy 20:13
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New International Version
When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it.

New Living Translation
When the LORD your God hands the town over to you, use your swords to kill every man in the town.

English Standard Version
And when the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall put all its males to the sword,

New American Standard Bible
"When the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall strike all the men in it with the edge of the sword.

King James Bible
And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the LORD your God hands it over to you, you must strike down all its males with the sword.

International Standard Version
The LORD your God will deliver it into your control, and you must execute every male.

NET Bible
The LORD your God will deliver it over to you and you must kill every single male by the sword.

New Heart English Bible
and when the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, you shall strike every male of it with the edge of the sword:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the LORD your God hands the city over to you, kill every man in that city with your swords.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when the LORD thy God delivereth it into thy hand, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword;

New American Standard 1977
“When the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall strike all the men in it with the edge of the sword.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and if the LORD thy God should deliver it into thine hands, then thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword.

King James 2000 Bible
And when the LORD your God has delivered it into your hands, you shall strike every male in it with the edge of the sword:

American King James Version
And when the LORD your God has delivered it into your hands, you shall smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:

American Standard Version
and when Jehovah thy God delivereth it into thy hand, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the Lord thy God shall deliver it into thy bands, thou shalt slay all that are therein of the male sex, with the edge of the sword,

Darby Bible Translation
and when Jehovah thy God delivereth it into thy hand, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:

English Revised Version
and when the LORD thy God delivereth it into thine hand, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thy hands, thou shalt smite every male of it with the edge of the sword:

World English Bible
and when Yahweh your God delivers it into your hand, you shall strike every male of it with the edge of the sword:

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah thy God hath given it into thy hand, and thou hast smitten every male of it by the mouth of the sword.
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
12"However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. 13"When the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall strike all the men in it with the edge of the sword. 14"Only the women and the children and the animals and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as booty for yourself; and you shall use the spoil of your enemies which the LORD your God has given you.…
Cross References
Numbers 31:7
So they made war against Midian, just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed every male.

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

1 Kings 11:15
For it came about, when David was in Edom, and Joab the commander of the army had gone up to bury the slain, and had struck down every male in Edom
Treasury of Scripture

And when the LORD your God has delivered it into your hands, you shall smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:

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1 Kings 11:15,16 For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain …

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