Deuteronomy 20:12
New International Version
If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city.

New Living Translation
But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town.

English Standard Version
But if it makes no peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.

Berean Study Bible
But if they refuse to make peace with you and wage war against you, lay siege to that city.

New American Standard Bible
"However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.

King James Bible
And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:

Christian Standard Bible
However, if it does not make peace with you but wages war against you, lay siege to it.

Good News Translation
But if the people of that city will not surrender, but choose to fight, surround it with your army.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, if it does not make peace with you but wages war against you, lay siege to it.

International Standard Version
But if they refuse to make peace with you and instead choose war, then attack it.

NET Bible
If it does not accept terms of peace but makes war with you, then you are to lay siege to it.

New Heart English Bible
If it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If they won't accept your offer of peace but declare war on you, set up a blockade around the city.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it.

New American Standard 1977
“However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if it will make no peace with thee but will make war against thee, and if thou should besiege it,

King James 2000 Bible
And if it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it:

American King James Version
And if it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it:

American Standard Version
And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But if they will not hearken to thee, but wage war against thee, thou shalt invest it;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if they will not make peace, and shall begin war against thee, thou shalt besiege it.

Darby Bible Translation
And if it will not make peace with thee, but will make war with thee, then thou shalt besiege it;

English Revised Version
And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:

Webster's Bible Translation
And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:

World English Bible
If it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it:

Young's Literal Translation
'And if it doth not make peace with thee, and hath made with thee war, then thou hast laid siege against it,
Study Bible
Laws of Warfare
11If they accept your offer of peace and open their gates, all the people there will become forced laborers to serve you. 12But if they refuse to make peace with you and wage war against you, lay siege to that city. 13When the LORD your God has delivered it into your hands, you must strike down every male with the sword.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 20:11
If they accept your offer of peace and open their gates, all the people there will become forced laborers to serve you.

Deuteronomy 20:13
When the LORD your God has delivered it into your hands, you must strike down every male with the sword.

Treasury of Scripture

And if it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it:







Lexicon
But if
וְאִם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

they refuse
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

to make peace
תַשְׁלִים֙ (ṯaš·lîm)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7999: To be safe, to be, completed, to be friendly, to reciprocate

with you
עִמָּ֔ךְ (‘im·māḵ)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

and wage
וְעָשְׂתָ֥ה (wə·‘ā·śə·ṯāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

war
מִלְחָמָ֑ה (mil·ḥā·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4421: A battle, war

against you,
עִמְּךָ֖ (‘im·mə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

lay siege
וְצַרְתָּ֖ (wə·ṣar·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6696: To confine, bind, besiege

to [that city].
עָלֶֽיהָּ׃‪‬‪‬ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against
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.
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