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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 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’.
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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.
be confined in feeble-minded homes, but who were not strong enough to be ought else than hewers of wood and drawers of water.
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.
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Although Drawers of Water (Thompson et al., 2001; White, Bradley, White, & Taj al-Din, 1972) formally studied water and sanitation in East Africa for the first time in 1972, data collection has remained less than ideal.
One teacher put it plainly as the destination for us was to be the drawers of water and hewers of wood.
There were even leaders during this nationalist industrialization binge who considered it treason to focus on agriculture because, according to their mistaken view, agriculture would just keep Filipinos as hewers of wood and drawers of water.
For example, many parallels could be drawn between a "natural resources boom that has redefined the economy" (30) and earlier days when natural resource extraction by colonial powers left many Canadian residents as "hewers of wood and drawers of water." The history of colonialism is of course deeply tied to raw resource extraction and export, and a weak or non-existent manufacturing sector.
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In his day, apartheid founding philosopher Hendrik Vervoerd called the nation's blacks "drawers of water and hewers of wood." Mandela proved otherwise, turning them into shareholders, directors and beneficiaries of one of the planet's most mineralized places.
If the spectre of a Mississippi version of Haiti kept planters awake at night, so too did worry over their future as simply "hewers of wood and drawers of water." The planter classes were in fact wrapped in the ultimate parochialism of their "civilization."
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.
IT'S sad that a product of our much maligned educational system - as I assume Mr Barry Fowler was the recipient of some level of education - should espouse a policy that would cleanse our seats of learning from teaching anything other than those resulting in hewers of wood and drawers of water.