Deuteronomy Chapter 20 Discussion

  • Victor on Deuteronomy 20
    Deuteronomy 20:5, 6, 7 how to understand the following

    ...built a new house, and hath not dedicated it?

    ... planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it?

    ... betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her?

    does house, wineyard, and wife mean something special?
  • WARS in the Bible - in Reply on Deuteronomy 20
    I'm just going to comment on the skinny of the wars in the Bible.

    There were wars that God ALLOWED, and then the wars that God COMMANDED. The book of Joshua is a good book to follow on "wars". It mentions wars and battles.

    "WESLEY'S COMMENTARY for Deuteronomy 20:4

    20:2 Speak unto the people - Probably to one regiment of the army after another.

    20:5 What man - This and the following exceptions are to be understood only of a war allowed by God, not in a war commanded by God, not in the approaching war with the Canaanites, from which even the bridegroom was not exempted, as the Jewish writers note.

    20:6 A vineyard - This and the former dispensation were generally convenient, but more necessary in the beginning of their settlement in Canaan, for the encouragement of those who should build houses or plant vineyards, which was chargeable to them, and beneficial to the common - wealth. Eaten of it - Heb. made it common, namely, for the use of himself and family and friends, which it was not, 'till the fifth year."

    In a war that God commanded, normal home building, animal care, vineyard planting would have to be entrusted with other family members.

    Life doesn't stop because you are of an age to join. People still get married and become fathers.

    There is a kind of harmony in the Books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles. Also Joshua.

    In 1 Corinthians 12:8 is a group of Ministry gifts that may not be in a position to have home, family, possessions, land. They traveled from place to place. Our times are different with trains, planes etc.

    I suggest you use Google to search out Commentaries written by different preachers.

    In Google type out: book and verse (you wish to study) and then type COMMENTARY after it.

    Sounds like a really good subject to study. Come back this way and let us know what you found.

  • Bro Barney - in Reply on Deuteronomy 20
    God told the officers of the army of Israel to send home all the soldiers who had unfinished business at home: a home he has not used, a vineyard he has not harvested, or an engaged woman he has not married - let them go home.
  • GOITOM GMICHAEL on Deuteronomy 20:19
    how i could i access this document on online?
  • Deuteronomy 2019 Commentary - in Reply on Deuteronomy 20:19
    The command to save trees for food during a siege. Deuteronomy 20:19

    When you besiege a city for a long time, while making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them; if you can eat of them, do not cut them down to use in the siege, for the tree of the field is man's food. Only the trees which you know are not trees for food you may destroy and cut down, to build siegeworks against the city that makes war with you, until it is subdued.

    a. When you besiege a city for a long time: When an army surrounded a city during a siege, the army would forage around the countryside for supplies. Needing wood for building and fuel, it would be common for the besieging army to cut down trees in the area around the city.

    b. Only the trees which you know are not trees for food you may destroy and cut down: However, God commanded Israel against cutting down trees for food when they besieged a city. They had to take a long-term view (one good for the ecology) and see that their immediate need for wood was less important than the long-term good of the area.

    You can Google this again if you want. There's one with a longer Jewish view on this verse if that's what you seek.
  • AyinRaah on Deuteronomy 20:4
    God said very clearly, those who call me by "Jehova" do not know me, I know them not. Guess you didn't actually read the books of Moses.
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Deuteronomy 20:4
    Hi AyinRaah.

    Are you referring to this verse?

    Exodus 6:3 (KJV) And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
  • AyinRaah - in Reply on Deuteronomy 20:4
    This is the correct Bible verse.


    "And I appeared vnto Abraham, vnto Isaac, and vnto Iacob, by the Name of God Almighty, but by my name IEHOVAH was I not knowen to them."

    YHWH's name is not pronounced [Yah-How-Wha] phonetically. Similarly, Iesus's name is not pronounced "Yeh-Shoo-Ah". His name is repeated throughout scripture as Iesus [Jee-Zus].

    YHWH's is referred to as "The All Mighty", "The Alpha and Omega", "I Am", "Breath of Life". Saying [Yah-Way], or [Jeh-Ho-Vah] is not his name. YHWH are the letter that express the Lord's name. Similarly, you would call someone name "Jon" [Jay-Oh-En]. It's like trying to say his name by speaking out letters.
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Deuteronomy 20:4
    As I'm not here to get into any discussion. Just to note a couple things. So you seem to want to read or speak in old English? Do you have some problem with the letter "J"? You said the name "Jon" did you mean "Ion"? The word "justice" you mean "iustice"?

    The Tetragrammaton or the four Hebrew letters of the Lords name "YHWH". Which first off Hebrew is right to left so that is backwards from what it is in Hebrew. The letters pronounced "Yod" "He" "Waw" "He" separate. As you can kind of see where people might pronounce it "YaHWeH". In modern Hebrew "Waw" is "Vav". Where "YaHoVaH" comes from. Although from someone who speaks Hebrew it is probably pronounced different than I might say it in English.

    Iesus is not pronounced "Jee-Zus" as you state. If some people can't pronounce the first "s" as an "s" that's not my problem and to me no big deal anyway. The Lord searches hearts not how you exactly pronounce something.

    These types of things about the name of the Lord very much sadden me and bring much division between people. I was saved by the name Jesus Christ. We truly should set our hearts on things of above. The Word. In the Holy Bible. Love is the key. To produce good fruit for our Father in Heaven and make Him happy. Find real relationship. There is nothing wrong with searching for the truth. Although the internet is flooded with false things. We must be sober and vigilant. Let the Holy Spirit guide you if you have been blessed to receive.

    Please don't take what I wrote the wrong way. You must be expecting friction here with the things you posted. I will not be writing on this again but I felt to leave a post.

    God Bless you in your journey.
  • Adam - in Reply on Deuteronomy 20:4
    Hello AyinRaah,

    I agree with the verse you shared, but do not agree with your interpretation of it.

    It says: "but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them."

    That means Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not know His name. That's all it says.

    However, your interpreted that to mean more than what it actually says, "God said very clearly, those who call me by "Jehova" do not know me,"

    No, God did not say that. For example, you don't know my name unless I volunteer it to you. That doesn't mean somehow that if you say my name that you magically don't know me- or that you would be disowned if you said it.

    It's important to read the Bible literally and to not inadvertently add to it.
  • Beatrice barnes on Deuteronomy 20
    Ire ne 123 people don't realize who the kenite are. When their is evil in the city, or country as Sodom and Gomorrah,GOD knows when there is wickedness in the land
  • Verse 8: When we are around others we want to speak encouraging and up building words. This can help others to have a positive outlook and strengthen them if they are discouraged.
  • The priests were to inform the people they should not be afraid and only those that are willing and able should be sent into battle. Peace was to be extended to their enemies and if it was not accepted they were to destroy them. God would be with them and they were not to wilfully destroy the trees but preserve those that were good for food. Obedience to God is key if we are to be overcomers.
  • April on Deuteronomy 20
    Although this sctipture seems blantantly clear on Lords intents,I think that we can apply some of the concepts to other parts of our lives,such as letting go and letting him drive,trusting that he wouldn't let something happen to us unless of course it is a part of our plan and we are his vessles hes using to do a job,when you say you live your life to GOD,how WHOLLY are you willing to give it?...
  • Irene123 on Deuteronomy 20
    People like to lay 'genocide' on God in the O.T. How does that 'change who He is and how does that make you better than Him?
  • Tetelestai Ministries on Deuteronomy 20
    Verse 19 is powerful ...Especially the fact the tree of the field is man's life .
  • Nelson on Deuteronomy 20
    God knows everything
  • Diesel on Deuteronomy 20
  • David on Deuteronomy 20
    Charlie Frank. I agree, but if you think that 's bad consider verses 16-17 which advocate outright genocide. Deuteronomy 20:16 But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: When the Germans attempted this last century the word they used was 'Lebensraum ' - Living space for Germans instead of Jews, the difference being that the Jews very sensibly declined to execute this 'divine ' command. In principle however the intention is identical. The moral problem with christians interpreting Jewish scripture however is that many of the former also accept the authority divine revelation. So when Hitler excused himself by claiming that he was only doing God 's work, such christians are in a poor position to refute him! Especially when we also consider 1 Thessalonians 2:14,15 . . . the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: After some 2000 years of this kind of defamation is it any wonder that eventually somebody decided to take matters into their own hands with or without God 's explicit permission?
  • Shereeka on Deuteronomy 20
    He said "I am the way, truth and the life, no man shall see the father except he come by me " He told me to go, and he said "I 'll go with you, all I want you to do is open your mouth and I will speak for you " He said "just keep on running and I will be your guide, I will never leave your side. Even when the times get tough he said "I 'll never leave you, said when look like nothing will go right, I 'll be there day and night...Hallelujah, thank you Lord!!
  • Shereeka on Deuteronomy 20
    Praise God Hallelujah, when I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that he has done for me my soul cries out Hallelujah. As I read verses 1 4 my spirit gets happy because I know that God is indeed good. So many things he has brought us out of, so many places he has brought us from, so many people he has saved us from and so many situations he has delivered from and yet we still have little faith. Father God I thank you for allowing us to be here just one more day, lord I thank you because I know that we are not what and who we are supposed to be but lord you are mighty and merciful. Watch over us Lord and see even the smallest steps we make into become closer to you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!!
  • Sfiso Ndlovu on Deuteronomy 20
    my feeling is that God demonstrate a great deal of power and authority over enemies of His people. He reduces the warriors by accommodating all excuses that people will ordinary put forward as destructing them in their course of duty. he wants nothing but the best and free hearted of warriors. This apply to us in the sense that if we are chosen by Him, He will be by our side in the wake of the great attack by enemy. He never panics and weights the number warriors against the enemy but free spirited hearts against the enemy. In short if He is in charge I must let go completely of my worries.
  • Terry Palmer on Deuteronomy 20
    I really appreciate the Lord or All Mighty Mighty God fighting our Battle because I feel Like I had to fight to Survive I know God has His hands on you.... And Me...
  • Margaret on Deuteronomy 20
    God is truly our only source.
  • Charlie Frank. I think we need to consider this in terms of the Israelis only as they are directed to secure the promise land. these directives help us too , figuratively speaking as we battle for our own promise land . further more, God has instructed his people on the way to treat slaves, strangers , and members of households.
  • Charlie frank on Deuteronomy 20
    verse 14 if they go in to this city and kill all the men and take the women and children for themselves don t that make them like the egyptions that persecuted them and held them captive can someone give an explination on how this makes them any different
  • Abednego mutinda on Deuteronomy 20:19
    it is amazing how GOD works-HE takes care of us ,and HE is always so much concerned with our welfare.moreso.HE always instills good stewardship in us

    wat an awesome GOD...!
  • Abednego mutinda on Deuteronomy 20:4
    this verse talks of the plain truth.GOD is always faithful in fighting our,this was meant for tha isralites,but now,because of the abudance of GOD's applies also to us tudey.

    JEHOVAH NISSI is GOD,our protector in our battles.

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