When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people. He shall say to them, ‘Hear, Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. (A)Do not be afraid, or panic, or be terrified by them,

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Then the officers shall speak further to the people and say, ‘(A)Who is the man that is afraid and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, so that [a]he does not make his brothers’ hearts melt like his heart!’

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 20:8 As in LXX and other ancient versions; MT his brothers’ hearts do not melt like

19 “When you besiege a city for a long time, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them; for you may eat from them, so you shall not cut them down. For [a]is the tree of the field a human, that it should [b]be besieged by you?

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 20:19 Read as interrogative with ancient versions; MT the tree of the field is man
  2. Deuteronomy 20:19 Lit come before you in the siege