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hewers of wood and drawers of water

Those who are used solely for manual labor or menial tasks at the behest of others. An allusion to Joshua 9:21, in which the Gibeonites were condemned to servitude under the Israelites. This scholarship intends to show that, given the right tools and opportunities, the people in this region are destined to become more than hewers of wood and drawers of water. Under the dictatorship, their religious minority were not allowed to be anything but hewers of wood and drawers of water to the ruling class.
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hewers of wood and drawers of water

menial drudges; labourers.
This expression refers to Joshua 9:21, which tells the story of how the Israelites were tricked into sparing the lives of some of the indigenous inhabitants of the Promised Land: ‘And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation’.
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be confined in feeble-minded homes, but who were not strong enough to be ought else than hewers of wood and drawers of water.
I, who preached contentment with a humble lot, and justified the vocation even of hewers of wood and drawers of water in God's service--I, His ordained minister, almost rave in my restlessness.
Hewers of wood and drawers of water, such were they from now onwards.
It constructs or reinforces a narrative of those who invent and wear new and original things, and those who are hewers of wood and drawers of water, who wear what others have discarded.
Once hewers of wood and pliers of water, Canadians discovered a talent for literature, for design, for athletics, for innovation.
One teacher put it plainly as the destination for us was to be the drawers of water and hewers of wood.
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In his day, apartheid founding philosopher Hendrik Vervoerd called the nation's blacks "drawers of water and hewers of wood.
They were forced to learn the language of the colonial oppresser, only to be told they were only fit to be hewers of wood and drawers of water.
funding is apt and you can glance at selected European research budgets (Scandinavia and Germany) and Japan to note how we are failing behind for our young people and regressing to be hewers of wood and drawers of water and oil.
Canada is in danger of falling back into its historic role of hewers of wood and drawers of water with all the technological advances in countries like India and China.
Every dollar (or hundreds of billions thereof) spent on the tar sands entrenches the old development model, except that we are stepping up our game from hewers of wood and drawers of water to makers of moonscapes and creators of toxic lakes.
We have natural hewers of wood and drawers of water, as the Good Lord intended.
Those who opposed apartheid in South Africa were hampered by the Dutch Reformed Church's doctrine that black people were to be hewers of wood and drawers of water for ever.
It was a last flare-up of Empire, that we should want to admit a new class of hewers of wood and drawers of water.