New Living Translation
Let them live." So they made them woodcutters and water carriers for the entire community, as the Israelite leaders directed.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
9:21 Unto all the congregation - That is, Let them be public servants, and employed in the meanest offices, (one kind being put for all the rest) for the use of the congregation; to do this partly for the sacrifices and services of the house of God, which otherwise the Israelites themselves must have done; partly for the service of the camp or body of the people; and sometimes, even to particular Israelites.
Your little ones and your wives are with you, as well as the foreigners living among you who chop your wood and carry your water.
This is what we must do. We must let them live, for divine anger would come upon us if we broke our oath.
May you be cursed! From now on you will always be servants who cut wood and carry water for the house of my God."
But that day he made the Gibeonites the woodcutters and water carriers for the community of Israel and for the altar of the LORD--wherever the LORD would choose to build it. And that is what they do to this day.
Egypt flees, silent as a serpent gliding away. The invading army marches in; they come against her with axes like woodsmen.
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