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Deuteronomy 2019 Commentary's Deuteronomy Chapter 20 comment about verse 19 on 3/04/2021, 2:52am...

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.

 


GOITOM GMICHAEL's Deuteronomy Chapter 20 comment about verse 19 on 3/04/2021, 1:47am...

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