Joel 3:3
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New International Version
They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine to drink.

New Living Translation
They threw dice to decide which of my people would be their slaves. They traded boys to obtain prostitutes and sold girls for enough wine to get drunk.

English Standard Version
and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.

New American Standard Bible
"They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They cast lots for My people; they bartered a boy for a prostitute and sold a girl for wine to drink.

International Standard Version
They cast lots for my people— they sold a young boy in exchange for a prostitute, and a girl for wine, so they could drink."

NET Bible
and they cast lots for my people. They traded a boy for a prostitute; they sold a little girl for wine so they could drink.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They threw dice for my people. They traded boys for prostitutes. They sold girls so that they could buy wine to drink.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they have cast lots for my people and have given a boy for a harlot and sold a girl for wine that they might drink.

King James 2000 Bible
And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

American King James Version
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
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they have cast lots upon my people: and the boy they have put in the stews, and the girl they have sold for wine, that they might drink.

Darby Bible Translation
and they have cast lots for my people, and have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, and have drunk [it].

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might 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.

Young's Literal Translation
And for My people they do cast a lot, And they give the young man for an harlot, And the young woman have sold for wine, That they may drink.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-8 The restoration of the Jews, and the final victory of true religion over all opposers, appear to be here foretold. The contempt and scorn with which the Jews have often been treated as a people, and the little value set upon them, are noticed. None ever hardened his heart against God or his church, and prospered long.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - 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. Such was the contumely with which they were treated at the time of the great catastrophe referred to. The captives were distributed by lot among the conquerors; these in turn sold them to the slave-dealers for the merest trifle - a slave-boy for the hire of a harlot, or a slave-girl for a glass or draught of wine. Such treatment had been predicted ages before, and was verified by contemporaneous history (comp. Leviticus 26:33, sqq., and Deuteronomy 28:36 for the prediction; and Josephus, . De Bell. Jud., 6.9.2,3, for the fulfilment). Ninety-seven thousand prisoners were disposed of as follows: those under seventeen years of age were publicly sold; some exiled to work in Egyptian mines; others reserved to fight with wild beasts in the amphi-theatre. Also in the time of Hadrian four Jewish captives were sold for a measure of barley. Nay, more, the Syrian commander, Nicanor, bargained by anticipation for the sale of such Jews as should be taken cap-tire in the Maccabean war. The prophet, moreover, looks forward in prophetic vision to the day of final judgment, when God will, in just retribution, pour out the vials of his wrath on all the oppressors of his Church and people.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they have cast lots for my people,.... Not only parted their land, but cast lots for their persons, Or played at dice for them, how many captives each soldier should have, and which should be their share and property: ninety seven thousand Jews, Josephus (d) says, were carried captive by the Romans, who, very probably, cast lots for them, as was usual in such cases; see Nahum 3:10;

and have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink; either they gave a boy to be prostituted to natural lusts, in lieu of a whore; and a girl to be debauched for a bottle of wine: or they gave a boy for the price of a whore, as the Targum and Kimchi interpret it; that is, they gave a boy, instead of money, to a whore, to lie with her, as the eunuch was given to Thais; and they gave a girl to the wine merchant for as much wine as they could drink at one sitting. These phrases both express their uncleanness and intemperance, and also the low price and value they set upon their captives; and is applicable enough to the Papists, notorious for the same abominable lusts.

(d) De Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 9. sect. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. cast lots for my people—that is, divided among themselves My people as their captives by lot. Compare as to the distribution of captives by lot (Ob 11; Na 3:10).

given a boy for … harlot—Instead of paying a harlot for her prostitution in money, they gave her a Jewish captive boy as a slave.

girl for wine—So valueless did they regard a Jewish girl that they would sell her for a draught of wine.

Joel 3:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord Judges the Nations
2I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land. 3"They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink. 4"Moreover, what are you to Me, O Tyre, Sidon and all the regions of Philistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your head.…
Cross References
Job 6:27
You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.

Ezekiel 27:13
"'Greece, Tubal and Meshek did business with you; they traded human beings and articles of bronze for your wares.

Joel 1:5
Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from your lips.

Amos 2:6
This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not relent. They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals.

Obadiah 1:11
On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.

Nahum 3:10
Yet she was taken captive and went into exile. Her infants were dashed to pieces at every street corner. Lots were cast for her nobles, and all her great men were put in chains.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

2 Chronicles 28:8,9 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brothers …

Amos 2:6 Thus said the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, …

Obadiah 1:11 In the day that you stood on the other side, in the day that the …

Nahum 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children …

Revelation 18:13 And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, …

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