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Joel 3:4-8

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3:4 Why are you doing these things to me, Tyre and Sidon? 1 

Are you trying to get even with me, land of Philistia? 2 

I will very quickly repay you for what you have done! 3 

3:5 For you took my silver and my gold

and brought my precious valuables to your own palaces. 4 

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

removing them far from their own country. 5 

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

I will repay you for what you have done! 6 

3:8 I will sell your sons and daughters to 7  the people of Judah. 8 

They will sell them to the Sabeans, 9  a nation far away.

Indeed, the Lord has spoken!

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

2 tn Or “districts.”

3 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.

4 tn Or perhaps, “temples.”

5 tn Heb “border.”

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

7 tn Heb “into the hand of.”

8 tn Heb “the sons of Judah.”

9 sn The Sabeans were Arabian merchants who were influential along the ancient caravan routes that traveled through Arabia. See also Job 1:15; Isa 43:3; 45:14; Ps 72:10.



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