Joel 3:6 KJV
The children also of Judah
and the children of Jerusalem
have ye sold unto the [sons of the] Grecians,
that ye might remove them far from their border.
Grecians, literally, “Javanites,” that is, the Ionians, Hebrew: ינוי, Yᵉvaniy, (pronounced as yev–aw–nee’) meaning Grecian or Ionian. It was a Greek colony on the coast of Asia Minor who were the first Greeks known to the Jews.
The Greeks themselves, however, in their original descent came from Javan (Genesis 10:2, 4). Probably the germ of Greek civilization in part came through the Jewish slaves imported into Greece from Phoenicia by traffickers.
Ezekiel 27:13 mentions Javan and Tyre as trading in male persons.
Javan, Tubal and Meshech, they were your traders;
with the lives of men and vessels of bronze
they paid for your merchandise.
Far from their border
Far from Judea; so that the captive Jews were cut off from all hope of return.
They thought to remove them so far from their border that they should never return to it again.
But (says God) “I will raise them out of the place whither you have sold them, and they shall not, as you intended, be buried alive there.’’
Men’s selling the people of God will not deprive him of his property in them
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