New Living Translation
We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.
King James Bible
The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole decision is of Jehovah.
World English Bible
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation
Into the centre is the lot cast, And from Jehovah is all its judgment!
Proverbs 16:33 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
16:33 The lot - As the ancient practice was in deciding doubtful things. The event of which though casual to men, is directed by God's providence.
LibraryTrust in God --True Wisdom
A sermon (No. 392) delivered on Sunday Morning, May 12th, 1861, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he."--Proverbs 16:20. Wisdom is man's true path--that which enables him to accomplish best the end of his being, and which therefore gives to him the richest enjoyment and the fullest play for all his powers. Wisdom is the compass by which man is to steer across the trackless waste …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
A Wise Desire
Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.
"In the morning you must present yourselves by tribes, and the LORD will point out the tribe to which the guilty man belongs. That tribe must come forward with its clans, and the LORD will point out the guilty clan. That clan will then come forward, and the LORD will point out the guilty family. Finally, each member of the guilty family must come forward one by one.
1 Samuel 10:19
But though I have rescued you from your misery and distress, you have rejected your God today and have said, 'No, we want a king instead!' Now, therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by tribes and clans."
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.
Many seek the ruler's favor, but justice comes from the LORD.
The king of Babylon now stands at the fork, uncertain whether to attack Jerusalem or Rabbah. He calls his magicians to look for omens. They cast lots by shaking arrows from the quiver. They inspect the livers of animal sacrifices.
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