9.38 Chapter: The Army on the March 9.38 Translation: When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce. CommentaryMessages from the enemy should always be treated with great caution. When they seem particularly concerned to flatter you, this may be a ploy. It may also be a conciliatory approach. Understand the bigger situation. When you are clearly dominant, messengers are more likely to seek peace.