The text is old scripture, at one point it talks of a person who is pulling water from a well. It doesn't necessarily have to be their job. How do you refer to the person who is pulling water out of a well right now?

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    – tchrist
    Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 20:38

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It seems that the best word that was suggested in comments (now deleted) is "the man who is drawing water" or "water drawer".

The biblical citation (Joshua 9:21) is:

“hewers of wood and drawers of water

This sounds a little archaic, but would seem to suit the context, and there is no modern equivalent in Western culture. The biblical meaning is more general, indicating a menial labourer.

  • Well done for shaming those who ignore the explicit SE injunction not to answer questions in comments. However to construct a good answer you need to cite sources in support of your answer. An Internet search (the biblical “drawers of water” should get you a response). If you find this difficult for any reason, I am happy to assist.
    – David
    Commented Aug 11, 2020 at 19:18
  • I would love your help, thanks.
    – hossein
    Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 8:35
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    Done. I used the square brackets with the "linked text/normal brackets with the link" style to add a link. No spaces before the normal brackets.
    – David
    Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 8:45
  • @David That is great. Thank you very much.
    – hossein
    Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 9:07

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