I Samuel 25:28
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28  Please pardon your maid’s boldness. For Hashem will grant my lord an enduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of Hashem, and no wrong is ever to be found in you.

SA NA l’-FE-sha a-ma-TE-kha KEE a-soh ya-a-SEH a-do-NAI la-do-NEE BA-yit ne-e-MAN kee mil-kha-MOT a-do-NAI a-do-NEE nil-KHAM v’-ra-AH lo ti-ma-TZAY v’-KHA mi-ya-ME-kha

כח  שָׂא נָא לְפֶשַׁע אֲמָתֶךָ כִּי עָשֹׂה־יַעֲשֶׂה יְהֹוָה לַאדֹנִי בַּיִת נֶאֱמָן כִּי־מִלְחֲמוֹת יְהֹוָה אֲדֹנִי נִלְחָם וְרָעָה לֹא־תִמָּצֵא בְךָ מִיָּמֶיךָ׃

25:28   Because my lord is fighting the battles of Hashem

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Metzudat David explains that the prophetess Avigail is warning David that he should kill only if necessary as part of Hashem’s wars against enemies such as the Philistines, but not in order to exact revenge. This is one of the foundations of Jewish military ethics: The people of Israel are required to fight wars only to defend themselves and to strengthen the Promised Land. The State of Israel follows this biblical mandate, as can be seen even in the name given to the Israeli army: The Israel Defense Forces, or in Hebrew, Tz’va HaHaganah L’Yisrael (צבא ההגנה לישראל).
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  • Ah! I didn't know that, so maybe this is why when the world expects Israel to go to war it will not be the instigator, but fight only to defend itself. Is this why we do not see the leaders talking war? Israel is simply obeying Hashem. Like Ane, I think that the blessing of Hashem on the Land is paramount and will not be given when the people of Israel pick up arms in vengeance.


I Samuel 25:28

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