Nehemiah 4:13
New International Version
Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.

New Living Translation
So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows.

English Standard Version
So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Berean Study Bible
So I stationed men behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows.

New American Standard Bible
then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows.

King James Bible
Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Christian Standard Bible
So I stationed people behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows.

Contemporary English Version
and so I sent people to guard the wall at its lowest places and where there were still holes in it. I placed them according to families, and they stood guard with swords and spears and with bows and arrows.

Good News Translation
So I armed the people with swords, spears, and bows, and stationed them by clans behind the wall, wherever it was still unfinished.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I stationed people behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows.

International Standard Version
So I stationed the people by families behind the wall in the lower exposed areas, equipping them with their swords, spears, and bows.

NET Bible
So I stationed people at the lower places behind the wall in the exposed places. I stationed the people by families, with their swords, spears, and bows.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why I positioned people by their families behind the wall where it was lowest and most exposed. The people were armed with swords, spears, and bows.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

New American Standard 1977
then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears, and bows.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, I set in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I set the people by families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people according to their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

American King James Version
Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

American Standard Version
Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I set there the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So I set men in the lowest part of the place behind the wall in the lurking-places, I even set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I set the people in the place behind the wall round about in order, with their swords, and spears, and bows.

Darby Bible Translation
I set in the lower places behind the wall in exposed places, I even set the people, according to their families, with their swords, their spears and their bows.

English Revised Version
Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, In the open places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore I set in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

World English Bible
Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I set [there] the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Young's Literal Translation
And I appoint at the lowest of the places, at the back of the wall, in the clear places, yea, I appoint the people, by their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
Study Bible
Discouragement Overcome
12At that time the Jews who lived nearby came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” 13So I stationed men behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows. 14After I had made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”…
Cross References
Nehemiah 4:12
At that time the Jews who lived nearby came and told us ten times over, "Wherever you turn, they will attack us."

Nehemiah 4:17
who were rebuilding the wall. The laborers who carried materials worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other.

Nehemiah 4:18
And each of the builders worked with his sword strapped at his side. But the trumpeter stayed beside me.

Treasury of Scripture

Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Therefore

Genesis 32:13-20
And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother; …

2 Chronicles 32:2-8
And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, …

Psalm 112:5
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

in the lower places.

Nehemiah 4:17,18
They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon…

Song of Solomon 3:7,8
Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel…

Ephesians 6:11-20
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…







Lexicon
So I stationed [men]
וָֽאַעֲמִ֞יד (wā·’a·‘ă·mîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

behind
מֵאַחֲרֵ֥י (mê·’a·ḥă·rê)
Preposition-m
Strong's Hebrew 310: The hind or following part

the lowest
מִֽתַּחְתִּיּ֧וֹת (mit·taḥ·tî·yō·wṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8482: Lowermost, the depths

sections
לַמָּק֛וֹם (lam·mā·qō·wm)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

of the wall,
לַחוֹמָ֖ה (la·ḥō·w·māh)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2346: A wall of protection

at the vulnerable areas.
בַּצְּחִיחִ֑ים (baṣ·ṣə·ḥî·ḥîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6708: Bare spot, in the glaring sun

I stationed
וָֽאַעֲמִ֤יד (wā·’a·‘ă·mîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

them
הָעָם֙ (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

by families
לְמִשְׁפָּח֔וֹת (lə·miš·pā·ḥō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4940: A family, circle of relatives, a class, a species, sort, a tribe, people

with
עִם־ (‘im-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

their swords,
חַרְבֹתֵיהֶ֛ם (ḥar·ḇō·ṯê·hem)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

spears,
רָמְחֵיהֶ֖ם (rā·mə·ḥê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7420: A lance, the iron point

and bows.
וְקַשְּׁתֹתֵיהֶֽם׃ (wə·qaš·šə·ṯō·ṯê·hem)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7198: A bow, for, shooting, the iris
(13) After their families.--In allusion to the ambushes of Nehemiah 4:11, Nehemiah set families together--besides the appointed guards--" in the lower places," where the wall was not raised to the due height, that is, really, "on the higher places," or rather, the bare places, whence enemies might be better seen. The "lower" were the "bare" places.

Verse 13. - Then set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places. There is no and m the original. Nehemiah means that in the less elevated places, where the wall was least strong by nature, he had his men posted on conspicuous spots within the walls, where they could be seen from a distance, and so deterred the enemy from advancing. He drew them up after their families, that each man might feel he was fighting for his brethren, sons, etc. (ver. 14). 4:7-15 The hindering good work is what bad men aim at, and promise themselves success in; but good work is God's work, and it shall prosper. God has many ways of bringing to light, and so of bringing to nought, the devices and designs of his church's enemies. If our enemies cannot frighten us from duty, or deceive us into sin, they cannot hurt us. Nehemiah put himself and his cause under the Divine protection. It was the way of this good man, and should be our way. All his cares, all his griefs, all his fears, he spread before God. Before he used any means, he made his prayer to God. Having prayed, he set a watch against the enemy. If we think to secure ourselves by prayer, without watchfulness, we are slothful, and tempt God; if by watchfulness, without prayer, we are proud, and slight God: either way, we forfeit his protection. God's care of our safety, should engage and encourage us to go on with vigour in our duty. As soon as a danger is over, let us return to our work, and trust God another time.
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