18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

Read Nehemiah 4:18 Using Other Translations

For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me.
All the builders had a sword belted to their side. The trumpeter stayed with me to sound the alarm.