Treating captives well

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.13.2015 Old Testament: Deu 21.10–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 20–22 on March 13, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

War happens. The victor takes the spoils, and that might include survivors. When Israel fought her enemies, the Lord wanted the children of Israel to conduct themselves in a righteous manner. Concerning the taking of a woman, the Lord said,

“When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God delivers them into your hand, and you take them captive, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and desire her and would take her for your wife, then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails. She shall put off the clothes of her captivity, remain in your house, and mourn her father and her mother a full month; after that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. And it shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall set her free, but you certainly shall not sell her for money; you shall not treat her brutally, because you have humbled her” (Deuteronomy 21.10–14). 

The woman would have experienced huge and tragic losses, and the Israelite had to keep those things in mind.

We should never be out just to harm people, but as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we want to treat others as we wish to be treated.

2 thoughts on “Treating captives well

  1. Whoa! ——And it shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall set her free, but you certainly shall not sell her for money;
    This goes on so much around us now, and war with the flesh is the cause, and there is no thought about behaving in a “righteous manner”. Sad!

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