Nehemiah 4:18
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Nehemiah 4:18 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

With one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon - That is, he had his arms at hand, and was as fully prepared to fight as to work. So Ovid, Epist. xi., Canace Macario, ver. 1: -

Si qua tamen caecis errabunt scripta lituris,

Oblitus a dominae caede libellus erit:

Dextra tenet calamum; strictum tenet altera ferrum:

Et jacet in gremio charta soluta meo.

If streaming blood my fatal letter stain,

Imagine, ere you read, the writer slain.

One hand the sword, and one the pen employs,

And in my lap the ready paper lies.

Dryden.

By this mode of speech Canace does not intimate to her brother Macarius, that she actually held the sword in one hand while she held the pen in the other, but that she had it ready to slay herself as soon as she had written the epistle.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

by his side. Heb. on his loins. he that sounded

Numbers 10:9 And if you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then you shall blow an alarm with the trumpets...

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...

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Discouragements and Courage
'Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them. 10. And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall. 11. And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease. 12. And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Heathen Plots
[This chapter is based on Nehemiah 6.] Sanballat and his confederates dared not make open war upon the Jews; but with increasing malice they continued their secret efforts to discourage, perplex, and injure them. The wall about Jerusalem was rapidly approaching completion. When it should be finished and its gates set up, these enemies of Israel could not hope to force an entrance into the city. They were the more eager, therefore, to stop the work without further delay. At last they devised a plan
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Nehemiah 4:13
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.

Nehemiah 4:17
who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other,

Nehemiah 4:19
Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall.

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

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