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 20:8
 20:9
20:8 The lower officers shall then continue speaking to the people and say, 'Is there any man among you who is afraid or faint-hearted? Let him go home rather than have his cowardliness demoralize his brethren.'
Veyasfu hashotrim ledaber el-ha'am ve'ameru mi-ha'ish hayare verach halevav yelech veyashov leveyto velo yimas et-levav echav kilvavo.
20:9 When the lower offices have finished speaking to the people, then they shall appoint senior officers to lead the people.
Vehayah kechalot hashotrim ledaber el-ha'am ufakdu sarey Tsva'ot berosh ha'am.



Commentary:

faint-hearted
  By nature (Ramban) afraid of weapons (Sotah 44a), and unable to kill (Ibn Ezra, Chizzkuni).

senior officers
  See note on Deuteronomy 1:15 (cf. Yad, Melakhim 7:4).





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