New International Version
They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine to 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.
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].
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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
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You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.
"'Greece, Tubal and Meshek did business with you; they traded human beings and articles of bronze for your wares.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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