Deuteronomy 20:2

“And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it shall bee when ye are come nigh vnto the battell, that the Priest shall approach and speake vnto the people,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it shall be, when ye draw nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when you are on the point of attacking, let the priest come forward and say to the people,
- Basic English Bible

And it shall be, when ye approach unto the battle, that the priest shall draw near and speak unto the people,
- Darby Bible

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

It shall be, when you draw near to the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people,
- World English Bible

and it hath been, in your drawing near unto the battle, that the priest hath come nigh, and spoken unto the people,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And it shall be, when ye draw nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Deuteronomy 20:2


20:2 Speak unto the people - Probably to one regiment of the army after another.


Discussion for Deuteronomy 20

  • BSP
    Verse 8: When we are around others we want to speak encouraging and up building words. This can help others to have a positive outlook and strengthen them if they are discouraged.
  • Anne
    The priests were to inform the people they should not be afraid and only those that are willing and able should be sent into battle. Peace was to be extended to their enemies and if it was not accepted they were to destroy them. God would be with them and they were not to wilfully destroy the trees but preserve those that were good for food. Obedience to God is key if we are to be overcomers.
  • April
    Although this sctipture seems blantantly clear on Lords intents,I think that we can apply some of the concepts to other parts of our lives,such as letting go and letting him drive,trusting that he wouldn't let something happen to us unless of course it is a part of our plan and we are his vessles hes using to do a job,when you say you live your life to GOD,how WHOLLY are you willing to give it?...
  • Irene123
    People like to lay 'genocide' on God in the O.T. How does that 'change who He is and how does that make you better than Him?
  • Tetelestai Ministries
    Verse 19 is powerful ...Especially the fact the tree of the field is man's life .
  • Nelson
    God knows everything

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