Nehemiah 4:18
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Nehemiah 4:6-7)

When, therefore, the Jews who dwelt near them, i.e., in the neighbourhood of the adversaries, and heard their words, came to Jerusalem, "and said to us ten times (i.e., again and again), that from all places ye must return to us, then I placed," etc. Jews came from all places to Jerusalem, and summoned those who were building there to return home, for adversaries were surrounding the community on all sides: Sanballat and the Samaritans on the north, the Ammonites on the east, the Arabians on the south, and the Philistines (Ashdodites) on the west. אשׁר before תּשׁוּבוּ introduces their address, instead of כּי; being thus used, e.g., before longer speeches, 1 Samuel 15:20; 2 Samuel 1:4; and for כּי generally, throughout the later books, in conformity to Aramaean usage. "Return to us" (על שׁוּב, as in 2 Chronicles 30:9, for אל שׁוּב), said the Jews who came from all quarters to Jerusalem to their fellow-townsmen, who from Jericho, Gibeon, and Tekoa (comp. Nehemiah 3:2-3, Nehemiah 3:5, Nehemiah 3:7) were working on the wall of Jerusalem. These words express their fear lest those who were left at home, especially the defenceless women, children, and aged men, should be left without protection against the attacks of enemies, if their able-bodied men remained any longer in Jerusalem to take part in the building of the wall.

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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...

Cross References
Nehemiah 4:13
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.

Nehemiah 4:17
who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other.

Nehemiah 4:19
And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, "The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another.

Ezekiel 33:3
and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people,

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