DEUTERONOMY 20:8

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Deuteronomy 20:8 Translation & Meaning

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And the officers הַשֹּֽׁטְרִים֮ Properly, a scribe, i.e., (by analogy or implication) an official superintendent or magistrate officers
shall speak לְדַבֵּ֣ר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue speak
further וְיָֽסְפ֣וּ To add or augment (often adverbial, to continue to do a thing) further
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
the people, הָעָם֒ A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
and they shall say, וְאָֽמְר֗וּ To say (used with great latitude) say
What מִֽי Who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix What
man הָאִ֤ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) man
is there that is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
fearful הַיָּרֵא֙ Fearing; morally, reverent fearful
and fainthearted? וְרַ֣ךְ Tender (literally or figuratively); by implication, weak fainthearted
let him go יֵלֵ֖ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) let go
and return וְיָשֹׁ֣ב To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again return
unto his house, לְבֵית֑וֹ A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
lest וְלֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles lest
his brethren's אֶחָ֖יו A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brethrens
heart לְבַ֥ב The heart (as the most interior organ) heart
faint יִמַּ֛ס To liquefy; figuratively, to waste (with disease), to faint (with fatigue, fear or grief) faint
as well as his heart. כִּלְבָבֽוֹ׃ The heart (as the most interior organ) well heart

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  • 6  And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it.

  • 7  And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.

  • 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.

  • 9  And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.

  • 10  When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it.




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