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and have cast lots for my people,
and have traded a boy for a prostitute
and sold a girl for wine and have drunk it. Bible see other translations

“have cast lots for my people.” Occasionally when large numbers of people were captured at one time the captive slaves would be gambled for to decide who got which slave or slaves. That apparently happened in some of the captivities of the people of Judah.

“have traded 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

 
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