Deuteronomy 20:8

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the Officers shall speake further vnto the people: and they shall say, What man is there that is fearefull and faint hearted? let him goe and returne vnto his house, lest his brethrens heart faint as well as his heart.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Then the officers shall speak further to the people and say, 'Who is the man that is afraid and fainthearted? Let him depart and return to his house, so that he might not make his brothers' hearts melt like his heart.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And let the overseers go on to say to the people, If there is any man whose heart is feeble with fear, let him go back to his house before he makes the hearts of his countrymen feeble.
- Basic English Bible

And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and shall say, What man is there that is timid and faint-hearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart melt as well as his heart.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

The officers shall speak further to the people, and they shall say, "What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest his brother's heart melt as his heart."
- World English Bible

`And the authorities have added to speak unto the people, and said, Who [is] the man that is afraid and tender of heart? -- let him go and turn back to his house, and the heart of his brethren doth not melt like his heart;
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

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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