20:13 The Lord your God will deliver it over to you 1 and you must kill every single male by the sword. 20:14 However, the women, little children, cattle, and anything else in the city – all its plunder – you may take for yourselves as spoil. You may take from your enemies the plunder that the Lord your God has given you. 20:15 This is how you are to deal with all those cities located far from you, those that do not belong to these nearby nations.
20:16 As for the cities of these peoples that 2 the Lord your God is going to give you as an inheritance, you must not allow a single living thing 3 to survive. 20:17 Instead you must utterly annihilate them 4 – the Hittites, 5 Amorites, 6 Canaanites, 7 Perizzites, 8 Hivites, 9 and Jebusites 10 – just as the Lord your God has commanded you, 20:18 so that they cannot teach you all the abhorrent ways they worship 11 their gods, causing you to sin against the Lord your God.
1 tn Heb “to your hands.”
2 tn The antecedent of the relative pronoun is “cities.”
3 tn Heb “any breath.”
4 tn The Hebrew text uses the infinitive absolute for emphasis, which the translation seeks to reflect with “utterly.” Cf. CEV “completely wipe out.”
sn The Hebrew verb refers to placing persons or things so evil and/or impure as to be irredeemable under God’s judgment, usually to the extent of their complete destruction. See also the note on the phrase “the divine judgment” in Deut 2:34.
5 sn Hittite. The center of Hittite power was in Anatolia (central modern Turkey). In the Late Bronze Age (1550-1200
6 sn Amorite. Originally from the upper Euphrates region (Amurru), the Amorites appear to have migrated into Canaan beginning in 2200
7 sn Canaanite. These were the indigenous peoples of the land of Palestine, going back to the beginning of recorded history (ca. 3000
9 sn Hivite. These are usually thought to be the same as the Hurrians, a people well-known in ancient Near Eastern texts. They are likely identical to the Horites (see note on “Horites” in Deut 2:12).
11 tn Heb “to do according to all their abominations which they do for their gods.”