20:19 If you besiege a city for a long time while attempting to capture it,28 you must not chop down its trees,29 for you may eat fruit30 from them and should not cut them down. A tree in the field is not human that you should besiege it!31
tn Heb “to fight against it to capture it.”
tn Heb “you must not destroy its trees by chopping them with an iron” (i.e., an ax).
tn Heb “you may eat from them.” The direct object is not expressed; the word “fruit” is supplied in the translation for clarity.
tn Heb “to go before you in siege.”