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Joel 3:3-7

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3:3 and they cast lots for my people.

They traded 1  a boy for a prostitute;

they sold a little girl for wine so they could drink. 2 

3:4 Why are you doing these things to me, Tyre and Sidon? 3 

Are you trying to get even with me, land of Philistia? 4 

I will very quickly repay you for what you have done! 5 

3:5 For you took my silver and my gold

and brought my precious valuables to your own palaces. 6 

3:6 You sold Judeans and Jerusalemites to the Greeks,

removing them far from their own country. 7 

3:7 Look! I am rousing them from that place to which you sold them.

I will repay you for what you have done! 8 

1 tn Heb “gave.”

2 sn Heb “and they drank.” Joel vividly refers to a situation where innocent human life has little value; its only worth is its use in somehow satisfying selfish appetites of wicked people who have control over others (cf. Amos 2:6 and 8:6).

3 tn Heb “What [are] you [doing] to me, O Tyre and Sidon?”

4 tn Or “districts.”

5 tn Heb “quickly, speedily, I will return your recompense on your head.” This is an idiom for retributive justice and an equitable reversal of situation.

6 tn Or perhaps, “temples.”

7 tn Heb “border.”

8 tn Heb “I will return your recompense on your head.”



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