Joshua 9:27

27 That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the assembly, to provide for the needs of the altar of the LORD at the place the LORD would choose. And that is what they are to this day.

Read Joshua 9:27 Using Other Translations

And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.
But Joshua made them that day cutters of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, to this day, in the place that he should choose.
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.

What does Joshua 9:27 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joshua 9:27

And Joshua made them that day
Constituted and appointed them, ordered and settled them, in the post and office after mentioned; or "gave" them F21; hence some think they had the name Nethinim, persons given to the Levites for the service of the sanctuary: namely, to be

hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the
altar of the Lord;
some think they were employed both for the service of the congregation, when they wanted wood and water, and for the altar, and what belonged to it, that needed both. Abarbinel supposes that they served the congregation while they were engaged in war, and subduing the land, but after the division of the land they only served the sanctuary; (See Gill on Joshua 9:21);

even unto this day in the place which he should choose;
to have the tabernacle pitched, and the altar set up therein, as it was in various places, before the temple built by Solomon at Jerusalem, which was the place the Lord chose; and this shows that the writer of this book lived before the building of the temple, or otherwise it, is highly probable he would have expressly mentioned it; whereas he uses only the phrase that Moses frequently expressed it by in his time; see ( Deuteronomy 12:5 Deuteronomy 12:11 Deuteronomy 12:14 Deuteronomy 12:18 Deuteronomy 12:21 ) ( Deuteronomy 16:2 Deuteronomy 16:6 Deuteronomy 16:7 Deuteronomy 16:11 Deuteronomy 16:15 Deuteronomy 16:16 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F21 (Mntyw) "deditque eos", Montanus. Vatablus, Drusius.
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