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Nehemiah 4:17

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4:17 who were rebuilding the wall. 1  Those who were carrying loads did so 2  by keeping one hand on the work and the other on their weapon.

Nehemiah 4:23

Context
4:23 We did not change clothes 3  – not I, nor my relatives, nor my workers, nor the watchmen who were with me. Each had his weapon, even when getting a drink of water. 4 

1 tn The first words of v. 17, “who were rebuilding the wall,” should be taken with the latter part of v. 16.

2 tn Heb “were carrying loads.” The LXX reads ἐν ὅπλοις (en hoplois, “with weapons”).

3 tn Heb “strip off our garments.”

4 tc Heb “a man, his weapon, the waters.” The MT, if in fact it is correct, is elliptical and difficult. Some scholars emend the MT reading הַמָּיִם (hammayim, “the waters”) to בִּמִנוֹ (bimino, “in his right hand”; cf. NAB, NRSV) or מִינוּ(י)הֵ (heminu, “they held on the right side”).



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