And again, my son, there are many widows and their daughters who remain in Sherrizah; and that part of the provisions which the Lamanites did not carry away, behold, the army of Zenephi has carried away, and left them to wander whithersoever they can for food; and many old women do faint by the way and die.
If the able bodied men mingle with the army of the able bodied women, they will attach great value to the safety of the women and wicked people will have opportunities for intrigue, with the result that the state will perish. Taking pleasure in women’s company, the men will be afraid of disturbing reports and so not even the brave will fight. If the able bodied men and women intermingle with the army of the old and feeble, then the old will arouse the compassion of the able bodied, and the feeble the pity of the strong. Compassion and pity in the heart cause brave people to be more anxious and fearful people not to fight.