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and have cast lots for my people,
and have given a boy for a prostitute
and sold a girl for wine, that they may drink. Bible

“have given a boy for a prostitute and sold a girl for wine.” In the ancient world when a nation conquered a foreign nation or even a large city, the people were usually taken as slaves. It sometimes happened that immediately after a conquest there were so many slaves that they were sold for ridiculous prices. That is depicted here: when God’s people were conquered and enslaved by foreign nations a boy was sold for the price of a prostitute, and a girl for some wine.


Commentary for: Joel 3:3