Deuteronomy 20:15
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
"But these instructions apply only to distant towns, not to the towns of the nations in the land you will enter.

English Standard Version
Thus you shall do to all the cities that are very far from you, which are not cities of the nations here.

New American Standard Bible
"Thus you shall do to all the cities that are very far from you, which are not of the cities of these nations nearby.

King James Bible
Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is how you are to treat all the cities that are far away from you and are not among the cities of these nations.

International Standard Version
Do this to all the cities that are distant from you—that is, to those cities that are not in neighboring nations."

NET Bible
This is how you are to deal with all those cities located far from you, those that do not belong to these nearby nations.

New Heart English Bible
Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far off from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what you must do to all the cities that are far away which don't belong to the nations nearby.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.

New American Standard 1977
“Thus you shall do to all the cities that are very far from you, which are not of the cities of these nations nearby.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these Gentiles.

King James 2000 Bible
Thus shall you do unto all the cities which are very far off from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.

American King James Version
Thus shall you do to all the cities which are very far off from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.

American Standard Version
Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So shalt thou do to all cities that are at a great distance from thee, and are not of these cities which thou shalt receive in possession.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities that are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.

English Revised Version
Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus shalt thou do to all the cities which are very distant from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.

World English Bible
Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far off from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.

Young's Literal Translation
So thou dost do to all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.
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
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. 15"Thus you shall do to all the cities that are very far from you, which are not of the cities of these nations nearby. 16"Only in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 20:14
"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.

Deuteronomy 20:16
"Only in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes.
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