"Hewers Of Wood And Drawers Of Water"

Context: The Israelites, led by Joshua in claiming Canaan as the land God has promised them, are successful in capturing the cities of Jericho and Ai. The Gibeonites, inhabitants of three Canaanite cities, fearing the warring Israelites, devise a scheme for their survival. Wearing their most ragged clothes, they saddle their donkeys with worn-out sacks and carry mended wineskins and stale, moldy bread. Arriving at Joshua's camp at Gilgal, they tell the Israelites that they are inhabitants of a far country who have heard how God has delivered the Israelites from Egypt and has made them victorious in Canaan. They offer to make a treaty with the Israelites, in which they agree to be their servants. Joshua and the other leaders or princes allow them to live in peace, according to the covenant they are seeking. After three days the Israelites discover that the Gibeonites are actually their neighbors who have deceived them:

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.