Joshua 9:21
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New American Standard Bible
The leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation, just as the leaders had spoken to them.

King James Bible
And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.

Darby Bible Translation
And the princes said to them, Let them live. And they were hewers of wood and drawers of water for all the assembly; as the princes had said to them.

World English Bible
The princes said to them, "Let them live, so they became wood cutters and drawers of water for all the congregation, as the princes had spoken to them."

Young's Literal Translation
And the princes say unto them, 'They live, and are hewers of wood and drawers of water for all the company, as the princes spake to them.'

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Render "they shall be hewers of wood and drawers of water:" menial duties belonging to the lowest classes only (compare the marginal reference). The curse of Noah Genesis 9:25 on the children of Ham was thus fulfilled to the letter in the case of these Hivites.

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Conflicts with Giant Mistake
CONFLICTS WITH GIANT MISTAKE I make so many mistakes, it seems I am just a bundle of contradictions. I try to do good; but at times my efforts are so crude that I seem to do more harm than good. What shall I do? And though all the time I try hard not to make mistakes, yet I still make them. It seems to me that surely I am not sanctified, or else I should be more perfect. Do not the Scriptures command us to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect? I am not perfect; far from it. Really I
Robert Lee Berry—Adventures in the Land of Canaan

Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:11
your little ones, your wives, and the alien who is within your camps, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water,

Joshua 9:20
"This we will do to them, even let them live, so that wrath will not be upon us for the oath which we swore to them."

Joshua 9:23
"Now therefore, you are cursed, and you shall never cease being slaves, both hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God."

Joshua 9:27
But Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, to this day, in the place which He would choose.

Jeremiah 46:22
"Its sound moves along like a serpent; For they move on like an army And come to her as woodcutters with axes.

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