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Joel 3:3

    Joel 3:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they have put the fate of my people to the decision of chance: giving a boy for the price of a loose woman and a girl for a drink of wine.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and they have cast lots for my people: and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

    Definitions for Joel 3:3

    Cast - Worn-out; old; cast-off.

    Clarke's Commentary on Joel 3:3

    Have given a boy for a harlot - To such wretched circumstances were the poor Jews reduced in their captivity, that their children were sold by their oppressors; and both males and females used for the basest purposes. And they were often bartered for the necessaries or luxuries of life. Or this may refer to the issue of the Chaldean war in Judea, where the captives were divided among the victors. And being set in companies, they cast lots for them: and those to whom they fell sold them for various purposes; the boys to be slaves and catamites, the girls to be prostitutes; and in return for them they got wine and such things. I think this is the meaning of the text.

    Barnes' Notes on Joel 3:3

    And they have cast lots - They treated God's people as of no account, and delighted in showing their contempt toward them. They chose no one above another, as though all alike were worthless. "They cast lots," it is said elsewhere, "upon their honorable men" Nahum 3:10, as a special indignity, above captivity or slavery. A "girl" they sold for an evening's revelry, and a "boy" they exchanged for a night's debauch.

    Wesley's Notes on Joel 3:3

    3:3 Cast lots - It was customary with conquerors to divide the captives by lot, and so did these enemies of the Jews.
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