Nehemiah 4:21
New International Version
So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out.

New Living Translation
We worked early and late, from sunrise to sunset. And half the men were always on guard.

English Standard Version
So we labored at the work, and half of them held the spears from the break of dawn until the stars came out.

Berean Study Bible
So we continued the work, while half of the men held spears from the break of dawn until the stars came out.

King James Bible
So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

New King James Version
So we labored in the work, and half of the men held the spears from daybreak until the stars appeared.

New American Standard Bible
So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared.

NASB 1995
So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared.

NASB 1977
So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared.

Amplified Bible
So we carried on with the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars came out.

Christian Standard Bible
So we continued the work, while half of the men were holding spears from daybreak until the stars came out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So we continued the work, while half of the men were holding spears from daybreak until the stars came out.

American Standard Version
So we wrought in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we shall be doing our work, and half of us shall be holding spears, from the rising of the dawn until the stars will come out!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So we continued labouring at the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared.

Contemporary English Version
Every day from dawn to dark, half of the workers rebuilt the walls, while the rest stood guard with their spears.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And let us do the work: and let one half of us hold our spears from the rising of the morning, till the stars appear.

English Revised Version
So we wrought in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

Good News Translation
So every day, from dawn until the stars came out at night, half of us worked on the wall, while the other half stood guard with spears.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So we continued to work. Half of us held spears from early dawn until the stars came out.

International Standard Version
So we worked hard, half of us holding spears from dawn to dusk.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So we wrought in the work; and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

Literal Standard Version
And we are working in the business, and half of them are keeping hold of the spears, from the going up of the dawn until the coming forth of the stars.

NET Bible
So we worked on, with half holding spears, from dawn till dusk.

New Heart English Bible
So we worked in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared.

World English Bible
So we worked in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning until the stars appeared.

Young's Literal Translation
And we are working in the business, and half of them are keeping hold of the spears, from the going up of the dawn till the coming forth of the stars.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Discouragement Overcome
20Wherever you hear the sound of the horn, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us!” 21So we continued the work, while half of the men held spears from the break of dawn until the stars came out. 22At that time I also said to the people, “Let every man and his servant spend the night inside Jerusalem, so that they can stand guard by night and work by day.”…

Cross References
Nehemiah 4:20
Wherever you hear the sound of the horn, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us!"

Nehemiah 4:22
At that time I also said to the people, "Let every man and his servant spend the night inside Jerusalem, so that they can stand guard by night and work by day."


Treasury of Scripture

So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

So we

1 Corinthians 15:10,58
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me…

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Colossians 1:29
Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.









(21) So we laboured.--This is a general recapitulation, with additional note of the length of the day's work during this pressing season.

Verse 21. - So we laboured: and half of them held the spears. This is a summary of the main points previously related: "So we continued to work; and one-half of my personal followers continued to keep watch, and to hold the spears" (ver. 16). From the rising of the morning, etc. This is additional, and shows how early the work commenced each morning, and how late it continued.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So we
וַאֲנַ֖חְנוּ (wa·’ă·naḥ·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common plural
Strong's 587: We

continued
עֹשִׂ֣ים (‘ō·śîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 6213: To do, make

the work,
בַּמְּלָאכָ֑ה (bam·mə·lā·ḵāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4399: Deputyship, ministry, employment, work, property

while half of [the men]
וְחֶצְיָ֗ם (wə·ḥeṣ·yām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 2677: The half, middle

held
מַחֲזִיקִים֙ (ma·ḥă·zî·qîm)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 2388: To fasten upon, to seize, be strong, obstinate, to bind, restrain, conquer

spears
בָּֽרְמָחִ֔ים (bā·rə·mā·ḥîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 7420: A lance, the iron point

from the break
מֵעֲל֣וֹת (mê·‘ă·lō·wṯ)
Preposition-m | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

of dawn
הַשַּׁ֔חַר (haš·ša·ḥar)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7837: Dawn

until
עַ֖ד (‘aḏ)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

the stars
הַכּוֹכָבִֽים׃ (hak·kō·w·ḵā·ḇîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3556: A star, a prince

came out.
צֵ֥את (ṣêṯ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim


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