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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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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.
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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.