hewers of wood and drawers of water

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 a passage in the Bible (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, members of the 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’.
See also: and, drawer, of, water, wood
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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.
All this was a vicious spectacle as any poor idea of amusement on the part of the rougher hewers of wood and drawers of water in this land of England ever is and shall be.
Hewers of wood and drawers of water, such were they from now onwards.
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.
Dai Country by Alun Richards They were thus bigger than their contemporaries, being a year older, and for the same reason were much interrupted in class to carry out their roles as the school's hewers of wood and drawers of water.
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.
At that same time, then-Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) worried: "American workers will end up like the people in the biblical village who were condemned to be hewers of wood and drawers of water.
Canadians have manufactured a centuries-old reputation as hewers of wood and drawers of water, exporting rail-car loads and ship loads of raw material for someone else to process into consumer goods.
Games mentions that young men "dislodged from th e regulating structures of family and parish" (94) created much disorder, but she does not suggest the political visions of these servants, the vast majority of her migrant stream, or their relationship with that other group of hewers of wood and drawers of water, the African slaves.