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    Default What does "all its spoil" mean here?

    If "spoil" in this context refers to "(usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)," it would be the valuables that enemies (of the town) had taken from their enemies in the previous wars or actions of violences?

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    You may, however, take as your booty the women, the children, livestock, and everything else in the town, all its spoil. You may enjoy the spoil of your enemies Deuteronomy 20

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    Default Re: What does "all its spoil" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    If "spoil" in this context refers to "(usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)," it would be the valuables that enemies (of the town) had taken from their enemies in the previous wars or actions of violences?

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    You may, however, take as your booty the women, the children, livestock, and everything else in the town, all its spoil. You may enjoy the spoil of your enemies Deuteronomy 20
    I believe "the spoil[s]" simply refers to things of value. The things of value taken during acts of violence etc are usually referred to specifically as "the spoils of war".
    In your example, I would say that the women, children, livestock etc belonged quite rightly to the people of "the town" but whoever the "You" is in the sentence is being told that they can take everything valuable that belongs to their enemy.

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    Default Re: What does "all its spoil" mean here?

    Thank you

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