They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.
"They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.
They cast lots to decide which of my people would be their slaves. They traded young boys for prostitutes and little girls for enough wine to get drunk.
They threw dice for my people and used them for barter. They would trade a boy for a whore, sell a girl for a bottle of wine when they wanted a drink.
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.
and cast lots for my people, and traded boys for prostitutes, and sold girls for wine, and drunk it down.
They have cast lots for My people, Have given a boy as payment for a harlot, And sold a girl for wine, that they may drink.
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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).