Joel 3:3

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they haue cast lots for my people, and haue giuen a boy for a harlot, and solde a girle for wine, that they might drinke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

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].
- Darby 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.
- Webster's 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.
- World English Bible

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.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(4:3) And they have cast lots for My people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, and have drunk.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Joel 3:3


3:3 Cast lots - It was customary with conquerors to divide the captives by lot, and so did these enemies of the Jews.


Discussion for Joel 3:3

  • Vanessa for verse 3
    The book of Joel is another identifying marker of the last days but it is also the history of the Hebrews and slavery. Captivity and slavery identify who the people of Israel were then and who they are now. If a people claiming to be Israel have no history of captivity and slavery from Egypt to modern times. They are not Israel. Let that marinate. We have allowed the history of Israel to be smothered. Joel 3 3 is speaking of slavery. How boys and girls were sold on the common market, traded for vile pleasure and alcohol. If you research the Transatlantic slave trade you will find slaves were often traded for wine, rum and other alcoholic drink. Don 't you think it 's high time we got this right and made a stand for keeping Scripture in context as God would have had us do. Perhaps the churches would not be so ignorant today concerning so many things and using Scripture for so many illustrations that have nothing to do with what God intended.
  • Blessing ladi for verse 3
    Mariage is an institutiön by God if it is based on holy matrimony but if it centred on affluence or title and material things then the end result is family crisis. Vs 14 talks about valley of decision. What plans/decision are u making about yourself & children, does it lead to eternity or hell? No pleasure here on earth that can be compared to the home that Jesus has or use 2000years to prepare for us

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