What does the Posuk mean when it says all of the Army of Hashem Left when did Bnei Yisroel turn into an Army or is it referring to Bnei Yisroel?

יָצְאוּ כָּל צִבְאוֹת יְ־הֹוָ־ה מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם

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    Your translation of "צבאות" is assuming it means "army [sic] of". I think this question is on the translator and not the פסוק.
    – WAF
    Jan 2, 2011 at 22:22
  • So what is Tzivos? Jan 2, 2011 at 22:34
  • and it is sort of irrelevant as the question is when else but here are we called Tzivos Jan 2, 2011 at 22:35
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    The רמב"ן at the beginning of במדבר on "לצבאתם" says it can mean large numbers of people.
    – WAF
    Jan 2, 2011 at 23:27
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    SimchasTorah, your last point is a question from this pasuk, specifically the word "כָּל," on that Midrash, not the other way around.
    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:44

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On a simpler level, wouldn't it just be meant to stress that the Jewish People left Egypt in an organized way, not as an undisciplined rabble of fleeing slaves?


Ok, the answer is the Seforim Hakedoshim say this Posuk is not referring to Bnei Yisreol but the the angels and other heavenly beings the ARMIES of Hashem that went out with Klal Yisroel,as they did some of the work to double it, so the Jews could go out early to make up for the missing years, they added workers that is these angels to the desert, Hence most times throughout Nach it uses the word צבאת it is referring to Hashem or his Heavenly angels.

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    This was also my initial inclination. Do you have a source?
    – Lee
    Jan 9, 2016 at 20:26

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