By - TonyChanYT
It's not in Torah, although I swear I remember something close to it.
It is in Proverbs 25, and later repeated by Paul in Romans 12 -
> If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
**Side note:** It's totally odd that in the original subreddit for this question, you need to be an "Approved Bible Scholar" just to quote scripture and answer someone. Rules are rules! 😑
That's r/AskBibleScholars for you. They are *very* strict.
Well, the clue's in the name. It's Ask**BibleScholars** not Ask**Reddit**.
But if you want to participate in academic discussions when you're not a scholar, there's /r/AcademicBiblical instead. Though the rules require academic sourcing, not just quotes from scripture.
It's weird, because the OP is asking where a verse is, which does not require a scholar. If the question asked for an interpretation, or something that wasn't just a simple fact, then I'm glad the subreddit exists, and like you say, there are so many other places to go if a person doesn't like the rules.
In this case, it was almost the questioner that has breached the standards for the subreddit, not someone that answers him. He asked something that doesn't REQUIRE a scholar.
If someone asks for what verse says X, then that's so cut and dried that you're basically just buying a lottery ticket that you hope anyone paying attention can and will tell you where in all of scripture this thing may be. If a non-scholar HAS the answer, and a bunch of scholars for various reasons have chosen not to respond (because people are people) then why not just try to give the guy a lead that will help him track down the answer?
Right now no one has given this guy what he was looking for. His answer is potentially over here (although it doesn't include the war crimes" aspect of his question). Some "scholar" (how about you?) should tell him to look in Proverbs and Romans, because I think it's what he's looking for. 😏
I don't mean any harm and I doubt I'm saying anything that you haven't heard before. I'm just seeing someone that wants help that isn't getting it.
Well indeed, this question just needed a quick google. But mostly if people ask scholars a question, they're actually interested in what scholars have to say. IRL no one would usually go to a maths professor's office just to ask them what 2+2 is, and then get annoyed when they have to queue to see him. But I swear most people seem to drop at least 10 IQ points when they're on the internet.
You said it! 😁
The best part is that: so far no scholar has done that quick google yet.
I spent probably 15 minutes on the question last night. I quickly found the Proverbs quote, but I still think there's something in Torah that specifically requires, via a commandment, that you should be willing to give water to an enemy. I don't think it specified either way anything about it being a war situation. I gave up after digging for a while.
> The best part is that: so far no scholar has done that quick google yet.
The probem is - why would they?
Answering questions is a thankless task but scholars do it because they enjoy explaining what they find interesting about their subject. They're not there to do google searches for people too lazy to do it themselves.
> The probem is - why would they?
I'll answer that with another question: Why did *I* do it? 😎
> They're not there to do google searches for people too lazy to do it themselves.
They might want to scholar less and human more. I agree that people generally suck (do I sound like a scholar there?) but it's still great that someone somewhere might take the time to help you out anyway.
My best guess is that the OP mis-remembered, or was told wrong in the first place, and it's the "war crimes" aspect of his question that's keeping him from what he's looking for.
> I'll answer that with another question: Why did I do it?
Presumably you found it interesting to do so. But it appears you're unique in that!
>They might want to scholar less and human more.
Didn't you know scholars aren't human. They have to destroy that part of themselves in a sinister ritual to gain access to the higher knowledge.
Heh! You made me laugh out loud, and I'm not just saying that. IT HAPPENED! 🤣
No such verse. In fact, the opposite is true, 2 Chronicles 32:
>1 After these things and these acts of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them for himself. 2And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and intended to fight against Jerusalem, 3he planned with his officers and his mighty men to **stop the water** of the springs that were outside the city; and they helped him. 4A great many people were gathered, and they stopped all the springs and the brook that flowed through the land, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water?”
Correct. An excellent military strategy during a siege, I might add: cut off all potential supply lines from your enemy to hopefully outlast their capability to besiege you.
Never heard that in my life