Proverbs 18:18
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New International Version
Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.

New Living Translation
Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

English Standard Version
The lot puts an end to quarrels and decides between powerful contenders.

New American Standard Bible
The cast lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones.

King James Bible
The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Casting the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents.

International Standard Version
Casting dice settles a dispute, deciding between strong contenders.

NET Bible
A toss of a coin ends disputes, and settles the issue between strong opponents.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lots resolve a dispute and divide between the strong.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Flipping a coin ends quarrels and settles [issues] between powerful people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The lot causes contentions to cease and decides between the mighty.

King James 2000 Bible
The lot causes contentions to cease, and decides between the mighty.

American King James Version
The lot causes contentions to cease, and parts between the mighty.

American Standard Version
The lot causeth contentions to cease, And parteth between the mighty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lot suppresseth contentions, and determineth even between the mighty.

Darby Bible Translation
The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

English Revised Version
The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

World English Bible
The lot settles disputes, and keeps strong ones apart.

Young's Literal Translation
The lot causeth contentions to cease, And between the mighty it separateth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:17. It is well to listen to our enemies, that we may form a better judgment of ourselves. 18. It was customary sometimes to refer matters to God, by casting lots, with solemn prayer. The profaning the lot, by using it in matters of diversion, or coveting what belongs to others, forms an objection to this now.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18 - The lot causeth contentions to cease (comp. Proverbs 16:33). If this verse is taken in connection with the preceding, it refers to the decision in doubtful cases, where the evidence is conflicting and ordinary investigation fails to elicit the truth satisfactorily. The lot, being considered to show the judgment of God, settled the question. And parteth between the mighty. If it were not for the decision by lot, persons of eminence and power would settle their differences by violent means. This peaceful solution obviates all such contentions. The Septuagint, in place of "lot" (κλῆρος), reads now σιγηρός, "silent;" but it is evidently originally a clerical error, perpetuated by copyists. The error is noted by a second hand in the margin of the Sinaitic Manuscript.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The lot causeth contentions to cease,.... When a case cannot be determined among parties at variance in a private way, nor in a court of judicature, the lot is cast, and that puts an end to all strife, and makes each party easy; they submit to it, and acquiesce in it;

and parteth between the mighty; the kings and princes of the earth; men of great power and authority, and of great riches and affluence; and so in a capacity of contending with each other, and of prolonging the contention, which may be attended with bad consequences; and who are not easily dissuaded from it: or it may intend such who most vehemently disagree; persons of great spirits, who are obstinate and stubborn, and will by no means yield, and there is no parting them by arguments or legal decisions; these the lot parts, and causes them to cease from their quarrels and contentions, and to rest satisfied with the distributions the lot makes to them; as the children of Israel were with their portion of the land of Canaan, assigned them by lot.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. The lot—whose disposal is of God (Pr 16:13), may, properly used, be a right mode of settling disputes.

Proverbs 18:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
17The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him. 18The cast lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones. 19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.…
Cross References
Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.

Proverbs 18:17
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.

Proverbs 18:19
A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
Treasury of Scripture

The lot causes contentions to cease, and parts between the mighty.

Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Joshua 14:2 By lot was their inheritance, as the LORD commanded by the hand of …

1 Samuel 10:21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, …

1 Samuel 14:42 And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken.

1 Chronicles 6:63 To the sons of Merari were given by lot, throughout their families, …

1 Chronicles 24:31 These likewise cast lots over against their brothers the sons of …

Nehemiah 11:1 And the rulers of the people dwelled at Jerusalem: the rest of the …

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