Deuteronomy 20:2
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English Standard Version
And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people

King James Bible
And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,

American Standard Version
And it shall be, when ye draw nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the battle is now at hand, the priest shall stand before the army, and shall speak to the people in this manner:

English Revised Version
And it shall be, when ye draw nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,

Webster's Bible Translation
And it shall be when ye are come nigh to the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people,

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The two men between whom the dispute lay, the accused and the witness, were to come before Jehovah, viz., before the priests and judges who should be in those days - namely, at the place of the sanctuary, where Jehovah dwelt among His people (cf. Deuteronomy 17:9), and not before the local courts, as Knobel supposes. These judges were to investigate the case most thoroughly (cf. Deuteronomy 13:15); and if the witness had spoken lies, they were to do to him as he thought to do to his brother. The words from "behold" to "his brother" are parenthetical circumstantial clauses: "And, behold, is the witness a false witness, has he spoken a lie against his brother? Ye shall do," etc. זמם, generally to meditate evil. On Deuteronomy 19:20, see Deuteronomy 13:12.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Numbers 10:8,9 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets...

Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war...

Judges 20:27,28 And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days...

1 Samuel 14:18 And Saul said to Ahiah, Bring here the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.

1 Samuel 30:7,8 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray you, bring me here the ephod...

2 Chronicles 13:12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 20:1
"When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 20:3
and shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them,

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