Synopsis:If you are getting ready for battle. Be not afraid. However, the follow men are excused from having to fight:
• Someone who has just built a house but not yet dedicated it.
• Someone who has planted a vineyard but not yet eaten of it.
• Someone who is to be married but not yet taken his wife.
You can then proclaim war. If people make peace. Accept it. If they don’t. Destroy them, but don’t kill the women and little ones or the cattle – because those are your spoils. Don’t destroy the cities where you are planning to live – those are your inheritance. If you have to lay siege to a city, don’t cut down the trees, as you are going to need them to eat from them. You can only cut down trees that don’t bear fruit. Finally, utterly destroy the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, otherwise they will lead you astray.