Are trees of the field human, to withdraw before you into the city?
There are many reasons in this quote why our quarrel is not with the trees, and therefore we should not kill them.
- Are trees of the field human, to withdraw before you into the city? They are helpless, and so we should show them mercy.
- Are trees of the field human? If you are destroying the people of the land, you do not need to destroy the trees.
- In verse 20:10, it says that we con have much of a besieged town to do with as we wish. If we destroy all the trees, we have no spoils, it hurts us more than them.