* thou shalt not.
Mt 3:10 7:15-20 21:19 Lu 13:7-9 Joh 15:2-8
* for the tree, etc. or, for, O man, the tree of the field is
to be employed in the siege.
The original is exceedingly difficult. The LXX. has it, "Is
the tree in the field a man, to enter the trench before thee?"
The Latin Vulgate: "For it is a tree, and not a man, neither
can it increase the number of those who war against thee;"
Onkelos, "For the tree of the field is not as a man, that it
should come against thee in the siege;" and to the same
purpose the Arabic, Philo, and Josephus who say, "If trees
could speak, they would cry out, that it is unjust that they,
who were no cause of the war, should suffer the miseries of
it." However rendered, the sense is sufficiently clear: and
it is a merciful provision to spare all the fruit trees for
the support of both the besieged and besiegers.
* to employ, etc. Heb. to go from before thee.