Nehemiah 4:21

21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out.

Nehemiah 4:21 in Other Translations

KJV
21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.
ESV
21 So we labored at the work, and half of them held the spears from the break of dawn until the stars came out.
NLT
21 We worked early and late, from sunrise to sunset. And half the men were always on guard.
MSG
21 And so we kept working, from first light until the stars came out, half of us holding lances.
CSB
21 So we continued the work, while half of the men were holding spears from daybreak until the stars came out.

Nehemiah 4:21 Meaning and Commentary

Nehemiah 4:21

So we laboured in the work
Of building the wall: and half of them held the spears; and other weapons before mentioned, ( Nehemiah 4:16 )

from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared;
that is, from morning to evening, the space of time the builders and labourers worked.

Nehemiah 4:21 In-Context

19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall.
20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”
21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out.
22 At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.”
23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.