Deuteronomy – Chapter 20: Going to War

The take away from the last chapter in Deuteronomy is that God commanded the Israelites to show no pity on anyone.  What a great moral, right?  Sigh.  Today’s chapter is titled Going to War, which is interested since the Israelites have been doing nothing but warring for quite some time.

“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.” – Deuteronomy 20:1

Of course he will.  He loves spilling blood!

“Has anyone built a new house and not yet begun to live in it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else may begin to live in it.” – Deuteronomy 20:5

The biblical version of draft dodging.  🙂

“When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you.” – Deuteronomy 20:10-11

WTF?!?!  Those are the terms of peace???  We are attacking you for no reason other than God telling us.  You offer peace.  We offer your lives in exchange for you being our slaves.  What…the…fuck?!?!?!

“As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves.” – Deuteronomy 20:14

Save the women and children so we may rape them!

“However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.” – Deuteronomy 20:16

Children and babies put to death, all in the name of God.

“When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?” – Deuteronomy 20:19

Yeah!  There’s no need for us to act like savages.  It’s one thing to murder everyone, but cut down a fruit tree?  That’s savagery!

LOL!  This was an interesting chapter on the rules of war.  God is not a very good negotiator if he’s really looking for peace.  We know, of course, he’s not looking for peace, so I’m not sure why he even has the Israelites ask for it.  Nonetheless, it was funny to read.

Coming Soon:  Deuteronomy – Chapter 21:  Atonement for an Unsolved Murder


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