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Booty

BOOTY. Goods taken from a defeated enemy. In the law as given through Moses, very different arrangements were made for varying circumstances. In the case of some cities whose people were extremely wicked, everything was to be “devoted” to the Lord; i.e., it was to be destroyed absolutely so as not to be used by anyone, except for some metallic vessels that could be sterilized by fire (Josh.6.18-Josh.6.21). Persons could sometimes be enslaved (Deut.20.14), but in other cases they had to be utterly destroyed (Deut.20.16-Deut.20.18). The purpose here was to prevent the pagans from teaching their abominations to God’s people Israel (cf. 1Sam.15.1-1Sam.15.35, where Saul’s hypocritical half-obedience brought ruin on himself and his house).