Deuteronomy 20:8
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English Standard Version
And the officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘Is there any man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go back to his house, lest he make the heart of his fellows melt like his own.’

King James Bible
And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart.

American Standard Version
And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and faint-hearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart melt as his heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
After these things are declared they shall add the rest, and shall speak to the people: What man is there that is fearful, and faint hearted? let him go, and return to his house, lest he make the hearts of his brethren to fear, as he himself is possessed with fear.

English Revised Version
And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart melt as his heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the officers shall speak further to the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and faint-hearted? let him go and return to his house, lest his brethren's heart should faint as well as his heart.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

If they were thus drawing near to war, i.e., arranging themselves for war for the purpose of being mustered and marching in order into the battle (not just as the battle was commencing), the priest was to address the warriors, and infuse courage into them by pointing to the help of the Lord. "The priest" is not the high priest, but the priest who accompanied the army, like Phinehas in the war against the Midianites (Numbers 31:6; cf. 1 Samuel 4:4, 1 Samuel 4:11; 2 Chronicles 13:12), whom the Rabbins call המלחמה משׁיח (the anointed of the battle), and raise to the highest dignity next to the high priest, no doubt simply upon the ground of Numbers 31:6 (see Lundius, jd. Heiligth. p. 523).

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fearful

Deuteronomy 1:28 Where shall we go up? our brothers have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we...

Deuteronomy 23:9 When the host goes forth against your enemies, then keep you from every wicked thing.

Judges 7:3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whoever is fearful and afraid...

Luke 9:62 And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Acts 15:37,38 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark...

Revelation 3:16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters...

lest his brethren's

Numbers 13:31-33 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we...

Numbers 14:1-3 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night...

Numbers 32:9 For when they went up to the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel...

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

faint [heb] melt

Deuteronomy 1:28 Where shall we go up? our brothers have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we...

Exodus 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold on them...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 20:9
And when the officers have finished speaking to the people, then commanders shall be appointed at the head of the people.

Judges 7:3
Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home and hurry away from Mount Gilead.'" Then 22,000 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained.

Proverbs 24:10
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

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