From that day on, half of my servantscarried on the work while half of them held the spears, the shields, the bows and the breastplates; and the captains were behind the wholehouse of Judah.
Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carriedburdenstook their load with onehanddoing the work and the otherholding a weapon.
As for the builders, each wore his swordgirded at his side as he built, while athe trumpeter stood near me.
I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wallfar from oneanother.
"At whateverplace you hear the sound of the trumpet, brally to us there. 1Our God will fight for us."
So we carried on the work with half of them holdingspears from cdawnuntil the starsdappeared.
At that time I alsosaid to the people, "Let eachman with his servantspend the nightwithinJerusalem so that they may be a guard for us by night and a laborer by day."
So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guardwhofollowed me, none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon even to the water.