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BROWN ON GREEN | Don't Cut Down the Fruit Trees


Deuteronomy is a practical book about how the Israelites were to live. For example, Deuteronomy 6 includes the famous passage about passing our faith to the next generation. In chapter 20, Moses gave the Israelites instructions for waging war. Verses 19 and 20 detailed how they were to lay siege to a city. Moses instructed them to choose trees carefully when building the siege works, and he specifically warned them not to cut down the fruit trees.

The olive tree was vital to life in the Middle East. Not only did they eat olives, but they also used olive oil