and they that bore burdens;
that carried the mortar, stones, and timber to the builders, and served them:
with those that laded;
which prepared the above for them, and laid them on their shoulders:
everyone with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other
hand held a weapon;
which is not to be understood strictly and literally, for without both hands they could not well perform either of the above works; but proverbially, signifying that they were intent on both working and fighting, and were ready and prepared to do the latter, as well as the former, having weapons lying by them, or girt about them, as is explained in the following verse.