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and they cast lots for my people.
They traded[a] a boy for a prostitute;
they sold a little girl for wine so they could drink.[b]
Why are you doing these things to me, Tyre and Sidon?[c]
Are you trying to get even with me, land of Philistia?[d]
If you are, I will very quickly repay you for what you have done![e]

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  1. Joel 3:3 tn Heb “gave.”
  2. Joel 3:3 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. Joel 3:4 tn Heb “What [are] you [doing] to me, O Tyre and Sidon?”
  4. Joel 3:4 tn Or “districts.”
  5. Joel 3:4 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.