22:20 destruction. Lit. “devoted to sacred use” or “put to the ban” (Deut. 20:17 note). If a sacred use was impossible the item was destroyed, as here. In Israel’s holy war—by which God’s judgment was executed against the Canaanites—the spoils were under the ban, devoted to God (Num. 21:2, 3; Josh. 7:11).