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

King James Bible
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.

American Standard Version
And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people, that they shall appoint captains of hosts at the head of the people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the captains of the army shall hold their peace, and have made an end of speaking, every man shall prepare their bands to fight.

English Revised Version
And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people, that they shall appoint captains of hosts at the head of the people.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking to the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.

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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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to lead the people [heb] to be in the head of the people

Cross References
Deuteronomy 20:8
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.'

Deuteronomy 20:10
"When you draw near to a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it.

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