20:12 If it does not accept terms of peace but makes war with you, then you are to lay siege to it.
20:19 If you besiege a city for a long time while attempting to capture it, 1 you must not chop down its trees, 2 for you may eat fruit 3 from them and should not cut them down. A tree in the field is not human that you should besiege it! 4
1 tn Heb “to fight against it to capture it.”
2 tn Heb “you must not destroy its trees by chopping them with an iron” (i.e., an ax).
3 tn Heb “you may eat from them.” The direct object is not expressed; the word “fruit” is supplied in the translation for clarity.
4 tn Heb “to go before you in siege.”