Nehemiah 4:17

Overview - Nehemiah 4
While the enemies scoff, Nehemiah prays and continues the work.
Understanding the wrath and secrets of the enemy, he sets a watch.
13 He arms the labourers;
19 and gives military precepts.
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Nehemiah 4:17  (King James Version)
They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

bare burdens

every one
That is, he had his arms at hand; and was as fully prepared to fight as to work. The builders could not possibly have made any progress, if they had literally held a weapon in one of their hands; but the expression is evidently figurative, implying that every man was a much a soldier as a builder.

with one
Daniel 9:25 ; 1 Corinthians 9:12 ; 1 Corinthians 16:9 1 Corinthians 16:13 2 Corinthians 6:7 ; Ephesians 6:11-20 ; Philippians 1:28 ; 2 Timothy 2:3
2 Timothy 4:7