Nehemiah 4:18
New International Version
and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

New Living Translation
All the builders had a sword belted to their side. The trumpeter stayed with me to sound the alarm.

English Standard Version
And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me.

Berean Study Bible
And each of the builders worked with his sword strapped at his side. But the trumpeter stayed beside me.

New American Standard Bible
As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me.

King James Bible
For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

Christian Standard Bible
Each of the builders had his sword strapped around his waist while he was building, and the trumpeter was beside me.

Contemporary English Version
Even the workers who were rebuilding the wall strapped on a sword. The worker who was to blow the signal trumpet stayed with me.

Good News Translation
and everyone who was building kept a sword strapped to their waist. The man who was to sound the alarm on the bugle stayed with me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Each of the builders had his sword strapped around his waist while he was building, and the trumpeter was beside me.

International Standard Version
Each builder worked with a sword strapped to his side, while a trumpeter remained beside me to sound an alarm.

NET Bible
The builders to a man had their swords strapped to their sides while they were building. But the trumpeter remained with me.

New Heart English Bible
and the builders, everyone wore his sword at his side, and so built. He who sounded the trumpet was by me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and each builder had his sword fastened to his side. The man who was supposed to sound the trumpet alarm was with me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the horn was by me.

New American Standard 1977
As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the builders, each one had his sword girded by his side, and so they built. And he that sounded the shofar was by me.

King James 2000 Bible
For the builders, everyone had his sword girded by his side, and so built. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

American King James Version
For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so built. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

American Standard Version
and the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the builders wrought each man having his sword girt upon his loins, and so they built: and the trumpeter with his trumpet next to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For every one of the builders was girded with a sword about his reins. And they built, and sounded with a trumpet by me.

Darby Bible Translation
And the builders had every one his sword girded by his side, and built. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

English Revised Version
and the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so built. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

World English Bible
and the builders, everyone wore his sword at his side, and so built. He who sounded the trumpet was by me.

Young's Literal Translation
And the builders are each with his sword, girded on his loins, and building, and he who is blowing with a trumpet is beside me.
Study Bible
Discouragement Overcome
17who were rebuilding the wall. The laborers who carried materials worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other. 18And each of the builders worked with his sword strapped at his side. But the trumpeter stayed beside me. 19Then I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people: “The work is great and extensive, and we are spread out far from one another along the wall.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 4:13
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.

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 4:19
Then I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people: "The work is great and extensive, and we are spread out far from one another along the wall.

Ezekiel 33:3
and he sees the sword coming against that land and blows his trumpet to warn the people.

Treasury of Scripture

For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so built. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

by his side.

Numbers 10:9
And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

2 Chronicles 13:12-17
And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper…







Lexicon
And each
אִ֥ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of the builders
וְהַ֨בּוֹנִ֔ים (wə·hab·bō·w·nîm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

worked
וּבוֹנִ֑ים (ū·ḇō·w·nîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

with his sword
חַרְבּ֛וֹ (ḥar·bōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

strapped
אֲסוּרִ֥ים (’ă·sū·rîm)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 631: To yoke, hitch, to fasten, to join battle

at
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

his side.
מָתְנָ֖יו (mā·ṯə·nāw)
Noun - mdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4975: The waist, small of the back, the loins

But the trumpeter
וְהַתּוֹקֵ֥עַ (wə·hat·tō·w·qê·a‘)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8628: To clatter, slap, clang, to drive, to become bondsman

stayed beside me.
אֶצְלִֽי׃ (’eṣ·lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 681: A joining together, proximity
Verse 18. - For the builders. Rather, "and the (actual) builders"- masons, bricklayers, and the like, as distinct from the bearers of burthens, or carriers of material. He that sounded the trumpet. The signalman. Trumpeters appear both in the Egyptian and the Assyrian sculptures (see 'Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 1. p. 539, second ed.; Wilkinson, 'Ancient Egyptians,' vol. 2. p. 260). 4:16-23 We must watch always against spiritual enemies, and not expect that our warfare will be over till our work is ended. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit, which we ought to have always at hand, and never to have to seek for it, either in our labours, or in our conflicts, as Christians. Every true Christian is both a labourer and a soldier, working with one hand, and fighting with the other. Good work is likely to go on with success, when those who labour in it, make a business of it. And Satan fears to assault the watchful Christian; or, if attacked, the Lord fights for him. Thus must we wait to the close of life, never putting off our armour till our work and warfare are ended; then we shall be welcomed to the rest and joy of our Lord.
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