Deuteronomy 20:16
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English Standard Version
But in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes,

King James Bible
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:

American Standard Version
But of the cities of these peoples, that Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But of those cities that shall be given thee, thou shalt suffer none at all to live:

English Revised Version
But of the cities of these peoples, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:

Webster's Bible Translation
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:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Instructions Concerning Sieges. - Deuteronomy 20:10, Deuteronomy 20:11. On advancing against a town to attack it, they were "to call to it for peace," i.e., to summon it to make a peaceable surrender and submission (cf. Judges 21:13). "If it answered peace," i.e., returned an answer conducing to peace, and "opened" (sc., its gates), the whole of its inhabitants were to become tributary to Israel, and serve it; consequently even those who were armed were not to be put to death, for Israel was not to shed blood unnecessarily. מס does not mean feudal service, but a feudal slave (see at Exodus 1:11).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Deuteronomy 7:1-4,16 When the LORD your God shall bring you into the land where you go to possess it, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites...

Numbers 21:2,3,35 And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If you will indeed deliver this people into my hand...

Numbers 33:52 Then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures...

Joshua 6:17-21 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live...

Joshua 9:24,27 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told your servants...

Joshua 10:28,40 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them...

Joshua 11:11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe...

Joshua 11:12,14 And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of the sword...

Cross References
Exodus 23:31
And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.

Numbers 21:2
And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD and said, "If you will indeed give this people into my hand, then I will devote their cities to destruction."

Numbers 21:3
And the LORD heeded the voice of Israel and gave over the Canaanites, and they devoted them and their cities to destruction. So the name of the place was called Hormah.

Numbers 31:17
Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.

Deuteronomy 7:1
"When the LORD your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than you,

Deuteronomy 20:15
Thus you shall do to all the cities that are very far from you, which are not cities of the nations here.

Deuteronomy 20:17
but you shall devote them to complete destruction, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the LORD your God has commanded,

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