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.

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

New King James Version
Now if the city will not make peace with you, but war against you, then you shall besiege it.

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

NASB 1995
"However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.

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

Amplified Bible
However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall lay siege to it.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if it will not make peace with you and it will make war with you, 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And if it does not make peace with you, and has made war with you, then you have laid siege against 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:

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 hand, you must put every male to 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 hand, you must put every male to 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:











Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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